Man's body found in SW Houston after floodwaters clear

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Cleaning crews discovered a man's body just outside a pickup truck near the Galleria area

The man whose body was recovered from outside a pickup truck in the 5100 block of Westpark Tollway has been identified as Jose Yebrea-Ibarra, according to authorities.

A 31-year-old Hispanic man was found when tollway crews were clearing debris after water drained from the area.

Apparently, during heavy flooding, the man was driving the Ford F-150 found at the scene and encountered high water.

Harris County Constable Precinct 5's Randy Johnson said, "It's still under investigation, but it appears he was coming out of the Galleria area unaware of the high water, and as you can see, the truck washed up on the fence. The body was not in the vehicle. The body was located probably 45 yards from the vehicle."

In the wake of the recent discovery, Johnson issued this warning for drivers: "The ground is saturated, it's not going to take but just a little bit more rain and these roadways can be flooded. Avoid low areas. Don't take a chance. Don't drive through."



The following represents a list of fatalities currently confirmed by the City of Houston.
    - Nahid Konsol, a white female, 64 years of age, was found at 5775 Ranchester in an SUV. She was on her way to work when she drove through the underpass below Westpark.
    - A white female of unknown age was found at 4300 S MacGregor in the Brays Bayou.
    - Christopher Kirby, a white male, was found at 1700 Studewood. This victim was discovered after his vehicle was inadvertently towed to a local vehicle storage facility, where his body was subsequently discovered.
    - An Asian male, 50 years of age, was found at 1700 Holcombe along Brays Bayou.
    - Dennis Callahan, a white male, 66 years of age, was found at 1400 W. Loop South. He died of what is believed to be a heart attack after assisting a stranded motorist. The death is associated with, but not directly caused by, the flood event. Official cause of death is still pending autopsy by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.
    - A Hispanic male, 31 years of age, was discovered near a submerged vehicle at US-59 and W Loop South in southwest Houston
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