Submerged truck recovered near where a man's body was found Sunday

The search was focused mainly on a flooded area at the Northeast corner of SH 130& Hwy 812.

It was difficult and exhausting work for the operation that included the Travis Co Sheriff's Office, the Travis County Special Response Team, Travis County Esd. 11, DPS, and volunteers with Texas Search and Rescue.

"The terrain is very difficult for searchers its muddy a lot of vegetation, the grass and vegetation is higher than a person is tall," said Lisa Block spokesperson for the Travis Co Sheriff's Office. 

Boat teams, field crews, and cadaver dogs targeted the spot for two reasons. The area is close to where a body was found Sunday and sonar Tuesday morning detected what appeared to be a submerged truck.  It was located in one of several swollen ponds.

A dive team went in placed balloons under the truck and started the slow process of dragging it out. It was unclear how many people were inside when it was swept off the road last week.

"That’s the hard part, we just don't know how many victims we have since, we have two eyewitness reports, one of a person on a pole, and one person, maybe more than one person, in that vehicle," said Block.

Back in October the same area was hit by a deadly flash flood.

"I can’t believe it," said Leilani Hernandez.

Hernandez's father was killed when the vehicle he was in was swept off FM 812.

"My family doesn’t sleep at night when it rains."

Hernandez came to see the flowers place along the roadside in her father's memory; the memorial includes another set of flowers to the latest flood victims. She doesn’t want to see any more.

"So there is something wrong with the drainage there is something wrong with the city the county the state did to make this happen the way it’s happening.

The immediate focus Tuesday afternoon remained on those who were in the truck. The initial search did not find a body inside and as a result the recovery operation will continued.

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