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Sheriff's Deputy, Oil Field Worker Die in Odile Flooding

By By Kevin Byrne, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
September 23, 2014, 5:54:49 AM EDT

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Two people have died in New Mexico and Texas in flooding caused by the remnants of Hurricane Odile moving through the region.

Divers have recovered the body of a missing sheriff's deputy in Austin, Texas, The Associated Press reports.

Around 2 p.m. CDT on Friday, the body of Senior Deputy Jessica Hollis, 35, was found in Lake Austin, not far from the mouth of the creek where her patrol car was found, according to the Travis County Sheriff's Office.

Hollis, who had been checking low-water crossings, radioed for assistance around 2 a.m. local time on Thursday after she became trapped in flood waters.

A sheriff's spokesman told The AP that the deputy is believed to have been swept into a low-water crossing by the flooding. Hollis had been a deputy for seven years. She had worked Patrol, Vice and is also a member of the Sheriff’s Underwater Recovery Team.

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A oil field worker from Texas was found dead Friday after flooding in Eddy County, New Mexico, authorities there said.

The Eddy County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of Texas Rangers and New Mexico State Police located Randy Boland, of Odessa, Texas, who was found south of Carlsbad near the Delaware River, the Eddy County Office of Emergency Services said in a news release.

Parts of western and southern Texas will see the highest risk of flooding and heavy rainfall into the weekend, AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Brian Edwards said.

Cities including Amarillo, Lubbock, Midland, then over to Corpus Christi and into the Rio Grande Valley could see 1 to 3 inches of rain this weekend, he said.

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