Flooding still an issue in parts of Central Texas

The San Saba River on Wednesday. (Photo by Alex Cano)
By  | 

(KWTX) Runoff from the persistent rainfall was still causing flooding Wednesday in parts of Central Texas, but in other areas river and stream levels were dropping.

Scattered showers were likely through the day Wednesday, but rain chances will taper off overnight.

Showers are likely again on Thursday and Friday, however.

Rain chances drop Saturday and the temperature will rise to around 70.

Sunday should be mostly sunny.

Bell County

Water covers the I-35 frontage road at Confederate Park in Belton. Both the northbound and southbound frontage roads are closed near Central Avenue and northbound at Avenue H.

Bosque County

The Flood Warning is cancelled for The North Bosque River Near Clifton.
* At 0600 AM Wednesday the stage was 14.65 feet.
* Flood stage is 23 feet.
* Fell below flood stage at 8 PM Tuesday.
* Forecast...The river will continue to fall to near 12 feet by Thursday morning. Minor rises will be possible due to forecast rainfall through the rest of the week.

The Flood Warning is cancelled for The North Bosque River At Valley Mills.
* At 0545 AM Wednesday the stage was 24.89 feet.
* Flood stage is 36 feet.
* Fell below flood stage at 9 PM Tuesday.
* Forecast...The river will continue to fall to near 18 feet by Thursday morning. Minor rises will be possible due to forecast rainfall through the rest of the week.

Coryell County

The Flood Warning continues for The Leon River At Gatesville.
* At 0745 AM Wednesday the stage was 29.40 feet.
* Flood stage is 22 feet.
* Moderate flooding is occurring and Moderate flooding is forecast.
* Forecast...The river will continue rising to a crest near 30 feet
by Wednesday afternoon. The river should fall below flood stage
late Sunday afternoon.

The Flood Warning is cancelled for The Cowhouse Creek Near Pidcoke.
* At 0530 AM Wednesday the stage was 15.69 feet.
* Flood stage is 20 feet.
* Fell below flood stage at 1 AM Wednesday.
* Forecast...The river will continue to fall to near 8 feet by Thursday morning. Minor rises will be possible due to forecast rainfall through the rest of the week.

Authorities say conditions were worsening along the Leon River Wednesday.

Brent Sims is a rancher who owns 100 acres in Mound in the valley now totally covered in water.

“I had just planted oats and was fixing to cut hay, but now, I’ve lost everything, somehow we’ll recover.”

“Just several months ago we were praying for rain, now this, I never, ever expected it to be this much.”

Fort Hood

Tuesday

Turkey Run Road is closed at the Turkey Run Creek Low Water Crossing hard stand due to high water. Barricades are in place and there are patrols on the east and west side to prevent traffic from attempting to cross.

Tank Destroyer Blvd. is closed at the Turkey Run Creek Low Water Crossing hard stand (near the Comanche Shopette) due to high water.

A portion of Mohawk Road (near the Motorcycle Instruction Course) is flooded. There are barricades placed on the east and west end.

Hamilton County

The Flood Warning continues for The Leon River Near Hamilton.
* At 0831 AM Wednesday the stage was 27.01 feet.
* Flood stage is 26 feet.
* Minor flooding is occurring and Minor flooding is forecast.
* Forecast...The river will continue rising to a crest near 29 feet by Wednesday afternoon. The river should fall below flood stage Thursday after midnight.

Lampasas County

The Flood Warning is cancelled for The Lampasas River Near Kempner.
* At 0545 AM Wednesday the stage was 8.63 feet.
* Flood stage is 18 feet.
* Fell below flood stage at 8 PM Tuesday.
* Forecast...The river will continue to fall to near 6 feet by Thursday morning. Minor rises will be possible due to forecast rainfall through the rest of the week.

Leon County

Tuesday

FM 1119 closed at Grass Lake, south of FM 811.

McLennan County

Twin Bridges Park at Lake Waco was closed because of the rising level of the lake.

About 20,700 cubic feet per second is being released from Lake Whitney and 300 cubic feet per second is being released from Lake Aquilla, according to a Facebook post from the McLennan County Office of Emergency Management.

Robertson County

From Robertson County Sheriff’s Office: Mumford Benchley at the Little Brazos River is currently closed. Please use caution when traveling any road in Robertson County as many roads are in poor condition!

Milam County

The Flood Warning continues for The Little River Near Rockdale.
* At 0815 AM Wednesday the stage was 30.63 feet.
* Flood stage is 30 feet.
* Minor flooding is occurring and Minor flooding is forecast.
* Forecast...The river will continue rising to a crest near 31 feet
by Wednesday afternoon. The river should fall below flood stage
Wednesday evening.
* At 30 feet, Minor lowland flooding is expected along the left bank.

San Saba County

The Flood Warning continues for The Colorado River Near San Saba.
* until Thursday afternoon.
* At 9:00 AM Wednesday the stage was 32.5 feet.
* Flood stage is 30.0 feet.
* Minor flooding is occurring and Minor flooding is forecast.
* Forecast...The river will continue rising to near 33.7 feet by this
evening. The river will fall below flood stage early tomorrow.
* Impact...At 34.0 feet...Moderate flooding will occur. Secondary
roads and low water crossings will be flooded and impassible.

Risien Park, the Nature Park, Mill Pond Park, the Golf Course and RV Park are closed.

Jimmy Pierce has lived near Mill Pond Park for 40 years.

“It surprises me, it surprises me a lot it worries me. My house is over there and it’s (the water) 15 feet up my yard,” Pierce said.

The water is closing in on homes and property off Highway 16 north of 190.

Since Tuesday, Texas Department of Transportation workers have helped direct traffic.

The City of San Saba has issued a voluntary evacuation notice for residents and businesses in low lying areas east of Highway 16 north and north of Highway 190 east.

They expect the river to reach a near record height.

City employees are still monitoring the situation.

(Brady Taylor, John Carroll, Taina Maya, Pete Sousa and Alex Cano contributed to this story)


Flooding in Belton. (Belton Police Dept. photo)