BASTROP COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — A woman was pulled to safety in western Bastrop County Wednesday morning. Authorities say her car was swept off of Littig Road, just south of Elgin, in an unmarked low water crossing. She was stuck in the water for nearly two hours as rescuers worked to get to her. Officials say it’s important to watch where you’re driving after any storm.
“We hit this every time we have a rain. You know, we always preach the ‘Turn around, Don’t drown,'” said Travis County ESD 12 Fire Chief Ryan Smith. “The rain that we got last night: tremendous — especially these low-lying areas in the east side of Travis County and Bastrop County. These roadways, they’re not improved. They’re not elevated, so they don’t have the improvement of bridges. So these roadways flood very quickly and very rapidly.”
Smith says we may see higher-than-normal water levels for the next three days as it flows downstream. Elgin fire crews requested help from the Manor and Austin fire departments, as well as game wardens.
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, a car got stuck in creek floodwaters near Manor, 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.