UPDATE: Roads shut down as Nolan Creek rises

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Published: Jan. 2, 2019 at 2:04 PM CST
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Roads have been shut down as Nolan Creek, which runs through the City of Belton, has been steadily rising as rain continues to fall.

Water has submerged parts of the I35 access road and Confederate Park Dr. are both shut down.

The Belton Fire Department is urging drivers to avoid the area after crews had to rescue someone trapped in floodwaters on the I35 service road near Nolan Creek.

The vehicle was trapped around 3 p.m. Crews were able to get the driver out safely. No one was hurt.

According to officials the creek normally registers at zero on the water meter under the bridge.

As of 2 p.m., the water level registered at 10 ft.

The Gin at Nolan Creek General Manager Terrisha Harris has served as manager there for more than five years.

"We keep posted by the city but, as you can you see, the meter under the bridge shows that we're already at eight to 10 feet above normal," Harris said.

"When it started getting to 12 feet, we start getting scared. It's not flooded over the banks into the restaurant but we know always to take it seriously."

Harris said there has been efforts by the City of Belton to possibly widen the creek's banks.

Gin Bartender Jim Wood has worked at the restaurant for the last couple of years. He said he's seen the creek flood at least five to six times since he started working there.

"I was extremely alarmed the first time I saw it because the water was so fast and furious but now it's just something we've come to get used to," Wood said.

KWTX has been told when the water level reaches 14 to 15 feet, evacuations may be ordered.

This is a developing story.