Police save man from floodwaters


AUSTIN (KXAN) – Flash flooding across the county turned dangerous quickly this week, especially for one man.

On Monday night at around 10:40 p.m. Austin Police Department received a call about a male who was holding onto the railing in Waller Creek near Sabine Street to avoid getting swept away by the water and wind.

Officers Cameron Staff and Steven Pena arrived on the scene and found the 62-year-old man was trapped in the rapidly flooding creek. Staff threw the rope from his patrol car and the man grabbed the rope and released the railing.

Thankfully, officers were successful in pulling him to safety.

Laura Lloid was near Waller Creek Monday afternoon and saw the water quickly rise.

“With the water rushing that fast, when you try to cross those stone steps it will wash you away and it can drown you,” Lloid said. “It’ll carry you a long way because there’s no footing, no banks to climb up on.”

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