-- Rising floodwaters continued to grip the state of Texas on Friday, with drivers stranded and traffic stalled, as authorities raised the total number of storm-related fatalities for the state to at least 23.
"That is rising water, coming very fast, very hard, and there is nothing that we can do to stop that other than to stay out of its way," said W. Nim Kidd, chief of the Texas Division of Emergency Management.
On Friday, Capt. Kelly Turner of the Mesquite Fire Department told ABC News that at 4 a.m., as members of the fire department were rescuing five people caught up in the waters, another car was swept away.
Turner said that when rescuers recovered that car, they found the body of a man. His identity had not yet been released. It was the first death related to the recent storms in Mesquite, Texas. Also on Friday, the Coast Guard said a body they'd found on the beach this morning belonged to a man reported missing Thursday.
A police officer redirecting traffic from deep waters in Dallas Friday had to be harnessed and airlifted out of the area after his sport utility vehicle got trapped.
The National Weather Service said Friday there was a likelihood of more rain in the state over the weekend. A total of 70 counties are under a state of disaster but Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Friday that number would likely rise.
In Wimberley, Texas, at least seven people remained missing almost a week after the Blanco River rushed its banks, carrying homes off their foundations. Thousands have been forced to evacuate because of dangerous downpours, torrential rains and even tornadoes. Since Sunday, 91 twisters have been reported across the Plains; 29 have been reported in Texas.
"The river hasn't crested yet and there's still rain coming," said resident Linny Campbell. "It don't look good for us."
Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick surveyed the damage in Wimberley from a helicopter as flash food watches and warnings continued across the state.
The National Weather Service said that with all the rain that's fallen in Texas, just in the month of May, there was enough water to spread across the entire state up to eight inches -- totaling more than 43 trillion gallons.
"Unfortunately, the month of May is going to end the way it started -- and it's continued," said Accuweather senior meteorologist Bernie Rayno on Friday. "That is wet. This flooding is extreme and tragic."
The Associated Press contributed to this story.