WACO (June 16, 2014) Funeral services have been announced for a teenager who was swept away by flood waters.
LaCharles Montgomery (Midway ISD photo)
The service for Lacharles Montgomery, 18, will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the Victorious Life Church in Waco.
An open casket viewing will take place the same day at 10 a.m.
According to the National Weather Service, Montgomery's death last week is the first flood-related death on record in Texas for 2014.
Last Friday night, Montomgery's body was found after his car was swept off Mars Drive near the Midway High School soccer fields earlier that morning.
His body was located just after 8 p.m. Friday in the same general area where searchers found his car earlier.
The body was sent to Dallas for an autopsy.
In 2013 alone, the National Weather Service recorded 12 flood-related deaths. On Monday afternoon, a representative from the NWS confirmed to News 10 that Montgomery’s death is the first for Texas in 2014.
Texas leads the nation in flood-related deaths on record. A recent study conducted by Hatim Sharif, an associate professor in the UTSA Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, found that from 1959 to 2008, Texas had 839 flood-related fatalities.
The only state that came close to that number during that period was Pennsylvania who recorded a mere 265.
Waco Police Sgt. Patrick Swanton says after Montgomery’s death, flood safety should take center stage.
"That's the first thing I did when I got home, I asked my kid what they would do in a similar situation," Swanton said.
"If you see any amount of water over the roadway, it’s best to just wait. It takes just six inches of water to move a car off the road."
While using your judgment is a priority, Swanton says in an age where weather alerts are at our fingertips, resources are just as helpful.
Especially for teens and young adults who are constantly glued to their phones.
“Make sure you keep up with the National Weather Service, follow Facebook and Twitter accounts, and be sure to set alerts on your phones,” Swanton said.
It’s unclear if Montgomery knew about potential flooding dangers. Either way, Swanton says the more tools you have at your disposal, the better prepared you’ll be.