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Young man drowns near UTA after being swept off bridge by floodwaters

Arlington Fire Rescue responded to a man who was struck by a vehicle while riding a bicycle on E. Park Row Drive on Oct. 15. The victim, Michael Airheart, died Wednesday.
Arlington Fire Rescue responded to a man who was struck by a vehicle while riding a bicycle on E. Park Row Drive on Oct. 15. The victim, Michael Airheart, died Wednesday. Star-Telegram archives

A 23-year-old man drowned after being swept off a bridge by floodwaters near the University of Texas at Arlington late Friday night, spokesmen for the fire department and school said.

He was identified as Alan Amaya of El Paso, according to the Tarrant County medical examiner’s website on Sunday.

According to records, he was a student at UTA.

The call came out shortly before midnight. Arlington Fire and Rescue and campus police responded to the incident in the 1000 block of Greek Row Drive, Joiner said.

“It took a while to find him,” Joiner said, explaining that the victim was reported by witnesses to be pulled into the heavily flooded creek that took hours to recede.

Amaya’s body was recovered shortly before 2 a.m., Joiner said.

Campus police issued a shelter in place warning shortly after 1 a.m.

UTA spokesman Joe Carpenter said campus police were called shortly after 11 p.m.

Stephen English: 817-390-7330, @sbenglish74

On Saturday, Mark Singletary saw water fill the bar ditches and nearly flooded his home. Living on Randol Mill Road east of Loop 820, flooding has always been a concern because of the Trinity River, however, Saturday's flooding came from the road.

Fort Worth officials say flash flooding that killed three people on the east side of the city might have been from an event that only happens once every 50 or maybe even 100 years.

A young woman and her daughter drowned after their car was swept off the road in flooding in Fort Worth Saturday morning as rains inundated North Texas and caused steadily worsening traffic conditions.

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