EL PASO, Texas -- The El Paso Fire Department water rescue team recovered two bodies from a canal Saturday.
This brings the death toll to 16 since January, according to El Paso Fire Department Public Affairs Manager Enrique Dueñas-Aguilar. There's been only one survivor rescued.
Eight of these bodies were recovered within the past two weeks following the release of water into the Rio Grande for irrigation and treatment plants.
The uptick in emergency responses was expected, and the water rescue team has been holding monthly training sessions in order to be better prepared. This year's number of incidents has the potential to reach higher levels than last year.