Saturday, December 20, 2014

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Rain hammers Central Texas, flood watch in effect

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Overnight downpours have resulted in flooding early Sunday morning. Some parts of Central Texas saw in excess of 12 inches of rain since Saturday evening. Flood notices are in effect throughout the area.

Low water crossings in the area along and south of Highway 71 and along Spicewood Springs Road are closed. There are also closings south of West Parmer Lane near the MoPac Expressway. You can see the status of all low water crossings

Drivers are reminded never to drive through flooded roads. There’s no way to tell how deep the water is and cars can be swept off the road by rushing currents.

About 20 Sunset Valley residents spent the night at Sunset Valley Hall after they were evacuated from their homes.

Several water rescues have also been reported. One person was rescued from the roof of his vehicle off of Bee Cave Road near the MoPac Expressway. No injuries have been reported.

Flood warnings continue through Central Texas until later this evening. Williamson, Barton and Shoal creeks are currently in flood stage, though water levels at Barton Creek are quickly dropping. Meanwhile, water levels at Onion Creek are still rising and they aren't expected to crest until early this afternoon.

The current rains are flooding creeks across Central Texas that have been drier than usual because of the drought. The Blanco State Park, about an hour west of Austin, has reported four inches of rain on the day, and Austin's McKinney Falls State Park has received 6.5 inches of rain in the past six hours, according to the park's Facebook page.

The rain gauge at Barton Creek near the South Capitol of Texas Highway measured a whopping 11.48 inches in the past 24 hours.

The flooding has prompted C3 Presents officials to cancel the Austin City Limits Music Festival on Sunday. Partial refunds will be returned to original billing addresses.

Some other totals during the last 24 hours:

12.12" Barton Creek at Loop 360
10.62" LCRA Redbud Center on Lake Austin Blvd. near Hula Hut
8.04" Pflugerville
7.10" 8 miles west of Dripping Springs
6.88" Manchaca
6.40" Lakeway
6.06" Austin-Camp Mabry
6.06" Buda
5.96" Cedar Park
5.59" Bull Creek @ Loop 360
3.87" Pedernales River @ Johnson City
2.46" Pedernales River @ Fredericksburg ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP