UPDATE 8 p.m. EST: At least three people are confirmed dead after record-setting rains in parts of Texas and Oklahoma led to flooding, CNN reported.
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OKLAHOMA CITY (TheBlaze/AP) — Authorities in northeast Oklahoma have identified the firefighter who died after he was swept away by floodwaters while assisting in a rescue.
The tragedy came as huge swathes of Texas and Oklahoma were drenched in a torrential downpour.
Claremore Fire Chief Sean Douglas says Capt. Jason Farley was helping rescue about 10 people who were trapped in duplexes in the community that's about 30 miles northeast of Tulsa.
Douglas says Farley was swept into a drainage ditch about 11:30 p.m. Saturday and his body was recovered about 1 a.m. Sunday. Farley had been a firefighter for 20 years.
The National Weather Service says recent storms have set a new monthly rainfall record for Oklahoma City — 18.19 inches through Saturday. The previous May rainfall record was in 14.52 inches in 2013, and the previous all-time monthly rainfall total was 14.66 inches in June 1989.
About 1,000 people have been evacuated in Central Texas and an evening curfew has been imposed as fast-moving floodwaters have consumed homes, sent downed power lines snaking into neighborhoods and turned roadways into tributaries.
San Marcos city spokeswoman Kristi Wyatt said Sunday that shelters are open. Rescue crews used pontoon boats and a National Guard helicopter to pull people to safety overnight, and some were forced to flee to their rooftops.
Wyatt says some 1,000 homes are damaged across Hays County, a fast-growing area nestled between the San Antonio and Austin metro regions. Five San Marcos police vehicles were washed away and a fire station is flooded.
The Hays County Sheriff's Office issued the curfew Sunday as a public safety measure. The public is asked to "restrict all unnecessary movement."
Throughout the region, locals have taken to social media to share their "insane" struggle.
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The footage below purportedly shows a drone's view of a washed out bridge near Canyon Lake, Texas.
Some made the best of the soggy situation.
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Rain is expected to continue throughout the holiday weekend.
This story has been updated.
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