Austin, Texas has been dealing with an extensive amount of water today as an area of slowly moving thunderstorms and heavy rain descended on the area early on Thursday morning. This storm caused the need for emergency rescues, and this cell also caused a massive power outage. About 7,000 people are without power this Thursday, and the system was also blamed for the disappearance of a Travis County sheriff’s deputy.
This deputy was checking the low water crossings around 2:00 am on Thursday when she used her radio to report to the other officials that she was being swept away by the rushing water. The search is still on to find this missing deputy, and they are still searching in the area where her car was found submerged by water at around 2:06 am. A spokesman with the Travis County Sheriff’s department stated that there are rescue efforts taking place on the ground, in the water, and in the air as the Austin Police Department helps to search the area by means of a helicopter.
Many roads have been reported closed overnight in the city of Austin, Texas, as the rainfall totals continued to climb. More than 4 inches of rain have been reported in some areas. Austin City reported that there was 3.27 inches of rain in just two hours, and in Georgetown, 6.10 inches of rain was reported.
Also, there have been about 50 low water crossings that have been closed. According to the Lower Colorado River Authority, they opened three of the floodgates to release water from Lake Austin into Lady Bird Lake. They also stated that Lake Travis rose about six inches since midnight.
The threat for flash flooding will continue throughout Thursday, and this because there are upper level disturbances throughout the area combined with tropical moisture. About another 1-2 inches of rain can be expected moving throughout the area, and some areas may even see 3-5 inches. The ground in this region is already highly saturated, so any additional rainfall will probably reduce more flash flooding. This could also lead to rapid rising in the rivers, streams, and creeks.
This is due to the same system that hit Los Cabos, Mexico, and caused a lot of damage in the Baja Peninsula. The tropical moisture combined with a dwelling system in the area caused heavy rainfall and this rain is not expected to quit anytime soon.
Check out your local weather authority or the Weather Channel for any updates on the weather in your area!