Rescue boat crew on standby until Thursday

Rescue boat (Mark Batchelder/KXAN)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Crews in Austin and across Texas are ready in the event forecast rains bring more flooding to the region. While we have only seen minor flooding here, the governor has declared a State of Disaster in seven North- and West Texas counties because of tornadoes, heavy rain and flooding.

Austin crews are on standby for the next 24 hours, in the event Tuesday’s rain turns into dangerous flooding. KXAN visited the EMS station off South First Street. On Monday, they put a rescue boat crew on standby around the clock until Thursday in the event the weather gets worse for us.

Meanwhile in Van, just about an hour east of Dallas, people are picking up the pieces after a tornado swept through on Sunday. We spoke to Texas Task Force One — the most active urban search-and-rescue team in the country — to see if they have been called in to help. They had crews on standby to go to Van but may not be needed now since everyone is accounted for.

The task force also specializes in swift-water rescues, so their help may still be needed since much of our state is seeing this rain. Our swift water crews here in Austin have not been needed yet. However, with so many low water crossings closed, it’s not unusual for them to be called since someone may try and risk driving across it.

At this point, crews have not had to go out on any rescues, but they are ready in case something happens.

Flash Flood Watch

A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for all of Central Texas until Wednesday evening.

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