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Body of woman recovered from floodwaters near Schertz, not yet identified by authorities

The sheriff said a diver confirmed the 52-year-old was still inside her car, under 16 feet of water. Fast-moving currents made it impossible to recover her earlier.

ST HEDWIG, Texas — The body of a 52-year-old woman whose car was swept away in high water early Thursday morning as heavy rains swept through the area was recovered Friday, Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said. 

The woman has yet to be officially identified by authorities. Authorities said they had to wait until Friday to find the body after strong currents made it impossible to do so on Thursday. 

The effort comes a day after dive crews and first responders from various local agencies worked to recover the body of a 5-year-old girl in the same area. 

"It's been a heartbreaking couple of days, an exhausting couple of days," Salazar said, emphasizing for a second straight day the importance of turning around and finding alternate routes around high-water areas after this week's storms. 

The sheriff went on to say they don't believe barriers were put up in the area, which is within City of Saint Hedwig limits, and alluded that he would look into it. 

“Although I don’t think its anybody up here’s responsibility that no barriers were up, we feel a certain responsibility in (talking about) how do we prevent this from going forward," he said. 

High water is still a concern going into the weekend as some areas could see water rising at some river crossings as water moves from Wednesday night's severe weather dumped several inches of rain in a short time.