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May 26, 2015

Texas teen dies in floodwaters while driving from H.S. prom

Alyssa Ramirez, 18, among eight known killed by floodwaters in Texas, Oklahoma

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Texas Flood Victim Cynthia Ramirez/Instagram

A homecoming queen on her way home from from her prom was killed by floodwaters in Devine, Texas, about 35 miles southwest of San Antonio.

A Texas teenager driving home from her high school prom has been identified as one of at least eight people killed by raging storm floods in Texas and Oklahoma as of Tuesday

Homecoming queen Alyssa Ramirez, 18, was driving during the deadly storms when her vehicle stalled amid rising, raging floodwaters.

The incident occurred in Devine, Texas, about 35 miles southwest of San Antonio.

Ramirez’s family told reporters at NBC News the girl called both 911 and her father for help.

“It was just too much and too quick,” her aunt told reporters, adding that the family located and recovered her body and the vehicle Sunday morning amid piles of storm debris.

As of Monday, rainfall had tallied as much as 7 inches in parts of Austin, Texas, where emergency crews in boats and helicopters rescued stranded residents who could not escape the flooding.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has declared numerous counties disaster areas.

"This is the biggest flood this area of Texas has ever seen," Abbott said. "It is absolutely massive - the relentless tsunami-type power of this wave of water."

Twelve people remain missing as of Tuesday afternoon.

Read the full NBC News article here.

Reuters contributed to this report.