MANOR, Texas (KXAN) — A driver is safe at home Wednesday after getting stuck in rushing waters near Manor when a storm passed through the Central Texas area. Travis County Deputy Sheriff Matthew Tomaszewski said he checked a bridge off Gregg Lane, near Manor, around midnight and found the water levels of the Will Barger Creek were about 3 feet below the bridge.
“When I came back at about 4:50 this morning, we found this car and the driver inside stranded in the water,” he said.
Fire crews were able to rescue the driver and get him to safety. At about 6 a.m., the water level of Will Barger Creek reached about 17 feet deep just downstream of where the car got stuck. A tow truck went out to the site, but because of the rushing water and for safety precautions, the tow truck driver is waiting until the flooding calms down before going in to tow the car.
“We always repeat this over and over, but remember to turn around, don’t drown,” said Tomaszewski.
Gregg Lane is closed until further notice.
Meanwhile, the heavy storms overnight caused some significant damage, as lightning sparked two house fires in Manor, 75 feet of roadway was washed out on Steiner Ranch Road, three people had to be rescued in Southeastern Williamson County high waters — a woman who made the rescue call ended up trapped in high water herself — and there were widespread power outages. The heavy rains overnight also caused issues on Capitol of Texas Highway, where a rockslide near FM 2222 closed down one of the lanes several hours as crews cleaned up the mess.