Storms dump heavy rain, cause flooding
A round of heavy storms pounded the region, closing several roadways and knocking out power to hundreds.
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(KXAN) - Overnight storms dumped even more rain on a saturated Central Texas on Thursday that sent crews scrambling to handle numerous reports of water rescues and forcing dozens of people in several areas from their homes.
Some areas reported up to 16 inches of rain as the storm marched west to east from the Hill Country and through Bastrop County. Onion Creek in Southeast Austin reached a record high level and several other waterways that had been parched by months of drought were brimming over their bounds.
The bright spot was that by 7:30 a.m., the heaviest part of the system was moving past the Interstate 35 corridor. But as dawn broke across the region reports of flooded neighborhoods and people in distress streamed across the emergency service dispatch radios.
workers were able to reach the woman.
According to officials, the woman had been cut off by two low-water crossings and crews were attempting to get to her using a rescue boat. At 2 a.m., crews on the scene reported water was traveling at 6,000 cubic feet per second and heavy debris were littering the creek.
Hours later in Southeast Austin, several people had to be rescued from the high waters near Bluff Springs Road. The First Independent Baptist Church was half submerged.
Numerous reports of similar emergencies poured in from all over the KXAN viewing area.
Around 1 a.m. that Bull Creek was covering Loop 360 in Northwest Austin. Evacuations were also taking place along areas of Brushy Creek in Hutto. In addition, approximately 14 residents along CR 129 in Williamson County had been evacuated.
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John Scott and Eddy Patterson, who co-own Stubb’s music venue and sauce company, have paid $2.4 million for the former Ridgway's printing building on South Lamar Bouldevard, near Barton Springs Road, and will begin construction in January on a restaurant with a very special bar.
The pair purchased the 50-foot mahogany bar, built in 1866, from the shuttered Cedar Tavern in New York City seven years ago for $150,000 and have kept it in storage until the right spot came along. Cedar Tavern was a famous hangout for beat writers and abstract expressionists, including Jack Kerouac and Jackson Pollock who were 86-ed from the University Place watering hole at times for drunken behavior. Cedar's draw for 1950's bohos was because it was the closest place to get a cheap drink after Robert Motherwell’s weekly salons in his Greenwich Village apartment.
The Cedar Tavern later became a haunt for folk musicians: Bob Dylan and filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker met there to plan the documentary "Don't Look Back."
Lubbock natives Scott and Patterson were regulars at Cedar Tavern when they lived in NYC in the early ‘90s and hatched the idea to market the sauces of Christopher "C.B." Stubblefield while having drinks at the bar. “I met Stubb when I was nine years old and my mom took me to see Muddy Waters at his club (in Lubbock),” said Scott, whose mother was a philosophy professor at Texas Tech.
Scott, Patterson and business partner Burke Edwards won't reveal the restaurant's food concept or a name until they announce the chef within the next month. But the space will be designed by Mickey Spencer of East Side Showroom. Michael Dickson of Winflo and Kung Fu Saloon will oversee general contractor duties. The new place, which won't have live music, is expected to open in October 2014.
Note: C.B. Stubblefield's name has been corrected.
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