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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