“We are floating in a house,” Missing woman calls sister as house is swept away by flooding

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WIMBERLEY, Texas (KXAN) – Eight people are still missing from two different families after the town of Wimberley flooded on Saturday night.

Johnathan McComb, his wife Laura and their two children, Leighton and Andrew, were reportedly staying at a river house in Wimberly when a wall of water swept the home from its foundation.

Julie Shields told KXAN that she was on the phone with her sister, Laura McComb, when their cabin was swept away.

“We are floating in a house that is now floating down the river,” Laura told Shields on the phone. “Call mom and dad. I love you, and pray.”

Those were the last words Shields had with her sister.

The conversation ended when Laura thought she saw a light from a helicopter that was there to rescue them.

“And I just expected to go to Wimberley High School the next day and find her,” Shields said. “When she wasn’t there, I knew something was very, very wrong.”

Jonathan McComb was found 12 miles away and was taken to a hospital for treatment.

He suffered several broken bones and a collapsed lung.

Laura, Leighton and Andrew McComb are still missing.

Shields said Jonathan did everything he could to save them, but the cabin split apart, separating him from his family.

“The blessing in all of this is she is with her children and her babies, and she’ll be with her babies always in heaven, and we know that as a family,” Shields said.

The McCombs were with Ralph and Sue Carey, along with their daughter, Michelle Charba, her husband, Randy, and their 4-year-old son, Will.

All of them are still missing.

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