Published: Thu, October 18, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Central Texas flooding: Death toll rises as rescues continue

Central Texas flooding: Death toll rises as rescues continue

Swift water rescue teams are being sent to Llano and Kingstead, as people are being evacuated from vulnerable areas in Llano and Marble Falls and other parts of Central Texas. The water level there rose to just under 40 feet (12 meters) but fell as the morning progressed and settled at little more than 35 feet (11 meters) as of 11 a.m. Tuesday, the weather service said.

Llano County is located about 65 miles northwest of Austin, the state capital of Texas.

In Kingsland, video captured a bridge crumbling as it was overrun by floodwaters.

Water levels on the Llano River were quickly dropping early Wednesday after it soared above flood stage this week and destroyed a bridge.

Gov. Greg Abbot on Tuesday issued a state disaster declaration for 18 counties affected by the flooding, including Llano County.

The Llano County Office of Emergency Management is urging anyone within a quarter of a mile of Llano River to evacuate immediately.

Dire early warnings of the potential for a record crest of the Llano River at Llano have subsided.

"Major flooding is ongoing", it said, calling the situation "dangerous".

A flash flood warning was put into effect, and forecasters described it as a "very risky situation".

In Austin, fire officials temporarily banned all watercraft.

Last week, four people were swept away in floodwaters along the South Llano River in Junction when an RV park was washed away. The bodies of three men were recovered and on Tuesday morning, one remained missing.

In nearby Marble Falls, Dale Heath recorded video of a auto stuck in rushing water from a swollen Backbone Creek, a Colorado River tributary.

The flooded communities are about a 90-minute drive northwest of Austin.

Officials shut down a bridge over the Colorado river after one person died.

National Weather Service forecaster Jason Runyen said Wednesday that the area was expected to get an additional 1 to 2 inches (3 to 5 centimeters) of rain Thursday and Friday, with some isolated areas getting as much as 4 inches (10 centimeters) of rain.

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