Search Continues for Boy Missing in SE Texas Floods

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DALLAS (AP) - Heavy rains again sopped parts of South and East Texas Friday, flooding roads and hampering efforts to search for a boy missing since he was swept from his father's arms in the swollen Brazos River three days earlier.

Freeport police and fire officials have been searching with helicopters, on foot and with all-terrain vehicles since Tuesday for Cesar Aparicio.

The Freeport police chief says the boy, 6, was at a family gathering on Bryan Beach, where the Brazos River feeds into the Gulf of Mexico about 60 miles south of Houston, when he was swept into the flood waters.

The boy's father and another relative were found clinging to trees and rescued safely Tuesday afternoon.

Since then, Freeport authorities have been searching for the boy but have been hampered by intermittent heavy rains and a river that, at 47 feet, is four feet above flood stage.

But the chief says that searchers will continue to look for the boy.