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Man Posts Flood Photo And Is Later Found Dead (Photo)

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A National Guardsman who posted a "haunting" photo of his vehicle during the record-breaking floods in Texas has been found dead.

On May 26, 21-year-old Darren Mitchell from Washington County, Texas, was trapped on Highway 105 due to the extreme flooding the region has been suffering, according to KHOU.

He called his family to say "he was all right and he made it out of the truck," according to Ro Mitchell. He also posted a photo of the flood waters from the inside of his truck and wrote, "And all I wanted to do was go home."

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Darren stopped responding to phone calls that night. The following day, first responders and a helicopter searched the area where his truck was last seen.

"Where is he?” asked Roberta Washington, his grandmother, as reported by CBS. "Why isn't he calling us saying come get him?"

Witness Lashandoe Smith shared the painful story of Darren’s truck disappearing into the flood.

"And he got out of his truck, he got in the bed of his truck, he got back out, on top of his truck, and then all of the sudden he got back in his truck," Smith recalled. "And [...] maybe 10,15 minutes after he was in his truck, it just flipped and he topsided into the water. It just disappeared. Once it flipped, you didn't see tires, his truck, nothing. It just tumbled over."

The search was called off as another storm plagued the region later that afternoon. Mitchell’s body was found May 30. He is the third person in Washington County to have died as a result of the extreme flooding.

Although the weather forecast looks positive for Memorial Day, officials are focusing on homes at risk of flooding due to still-rising waters.

"It's not going to take very much rain to get us in those flood stages again," said John Brieden, a Washington County Judge.

"The skies are clear and things look good. But we want to make sure people understand that we are not out of the woods yet," explained Francisco Sanchez, spokesman for the Office of Emergency Management in Harris County. "We have to keep an eye on water that's coming through our bayou system."

Sources: KHOU, CBS, [2] / Photo credit: KHOU

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