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Numerous rescues as Hill Country deluged by rain -- 6 months (19 Inches) of Rain in 10 hours!
News8Austin ^ | 6/27/2007 | Staff

Posted on 06/27/2007 7:19:39 AM PDT by twntaipan




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Numerous rescues as Hill Country deluged by rain

Updated: 6/27/2007 7:13:50 AM
By: News 8 Austin Staff

The San Gabriel River in Williamson County is 30 feet higher than normal

 
Heavy overnight rains Wednesday created flood conditions in several Hill Country counties, including Williamson, Lampasas and Burnet. More than 18 inches of rain has been dumped on the area since midnight.

There are multiple reports of people trapped in fast-moving water atop vehicles, on rooftops or clinging to trees.

At 2:50 a.m. STARFlight rescued at least two victims from vehicles in fast moving water at San Gabriel Ranch Road/County Road 256 in Williamson County. Less than an hour later, there was another rescue.

Then at 4:30 a.m., STARFlight had another two rescue missions in Granite Shoals, both involving multiple victims trapped on top of houses with rising flood waters.

There are several additional reports of stranded people and multiple requests for helicopter and boat rescues, including at leat two in Granite Shoals and several around Marble Falls.

EMS District Commander Corey Ricketson said he's going door to door in Marble Falls and Granite Shoals to provide assistance in the areas hardest hit. He's rescued at least 20 people.

EMS says the only current access to Marble Falls is Highway 71 West / Hwy 281.

Over in Williamson County, Shady Oaks RV Park east of Georgetown has been evacuated

Residents of McShepherd subdivision on Hwy 29E and CR 100 should stay inside their homes, but there haven't been any evacuations yet.

A shelter has been set up at the Union Hall Baptist Church in Liberty Hill

There have been five water rescues in Williamson County and double the number of 911 calls since 6 p.m. Officials said they've had six years worth of rain in a couple of hours.

Williamson County roads closed

TxDOT announced it has waived toll fees for Highway 183A and SH-45 in Williamson County for Wednesday morning.

Williamson County Emergency Communications is advising drivers not to travel Wednesday morning unless necessary and to check road closures before leaving the house. Call the TxDOT Travel and Information Line at (800) 452-9292. Remember, turn around, don’t drown! Never cross a flooded low-water crossing.

U.S. 183 south of Seward Junction is closed and traffic is diverted to Interstate 35. Hwy 29 is restricted to east/west traffic only from 183 to the IH 35.

The following roads are closed due to high water as of 8:15 a.m.

East
Big and Little Mankins, CR 100, 388, 384, 382, 351, 350, 304, 303,

West
C.R.177, 179, 270, 272, 305, 208, 236, 200, 222, 221, 215, 250, 251, 245, 307, 174 @ Brushy Bend, 256, 258, 206, 246.

Road closures in Georgetown:

low water crossing on Oak Tree Drive over Berry Creek
low water crossing on Morrow Street in San Gabriel Park
Country Club Road at Gabriel View Drive

Closed low-water crossings in Round Rock:

Chisholm Trail at the round rock
Lee Street in Memorial Park
Lake Creek Parkway in Lake Creek Park
Harrell Parkway in Old Settlers Park



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TOPICS: Local News
KEYWORDS: deluge; flood; rain; texas
Major flood event in the Texas Hill Country. Marble Falls has had 19 plus inches of rain since 10pm last night, and is experiencing major flooding.

We are located near Spicewood, which had 10 inches plus or rain, while we, only 10 miles away, only had half an inch!

1 posted on 06/27/2007 7:19:42 AM PDT by twntaipan
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To: twntaipan

Global .... err .... whatever.


2 posted on 06/27/2007 7:20:53 AM PDT by TommyDale (Never forget the Republicans who voted for illegal immigrant amnesty in 2007!)
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To: twntaipan

bump


3 posted on 06/27/2007 7:25:42 AM PDT by Deguello
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To: twntaipan

Awful. Terrible to see.

In parts of Minnesota, we’re running a rainfall deficit.

We could use some of what you’re getting.


4 posted on 06/27/2007 7:44:03 AM PDT by MplsSteve
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To: MplsSteve

There was a drought here until just 3 months ago.


5 posted on 06/27/2007 7:48:40 AM PDT by twntaipan (Who needs jihad when you have the dhimmicrats?)
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To: twntaipan
They may have to close the main drag through downtown Georgetown (Austin Ave) the San Gabriel was almost to the bridge an hour or so ago.
6 posted on 06/27/2007 7:49:05 AM PDT by nomorelurker (wetraginhell)
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To: twntaipan

My sympathies for that deluge,some of the country`s
getting way to much and terrible drought where we are.

I saw a rain like that in VN in `71,I felt sorry for
the guys out in that rain,it sounded like it was tearing
the roof off the hooch.

The next day we had 3 in our company drown after the
deuce an a half ran off the road into the water.


7 posted on 06/27/2007 8:39:08 AM PDT by 31M20RedDevil (Fred Thompson for President)
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To: twntaipan
Here are some LCRA links.

LCRA - Rainfall Summary

8 posted on 06/27/2007 8:42:04 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Stop the invasion. Secure the borders now.)
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