AUSTIN (KXAN) — Business owners spent Tuesday cleaning up after floodwaters damaged their shops along Lamar Boulevard, including the 7-Eleven and the Shoal Creek Saloon. Other business owners scrambled to protect their businesses from the rising water.
One owner managed to move much of his merchandise to higher parts of his store to keep it from being damaged, but he’ll need some time to recover.
“Really, it’s just having to be closed for a couple of days to clean up,” said Jaya owner David Hook. “Hopefully, we’re covered by insurance for the rest of it — just closing the doors two days.”
Cars and people were stranded Monday along North Lamar Boulevard near 15th Street as Shoal Creek raged through Central Austin. The flooding started around 4:30 p.m.
At 12th Street, Shoal Creek reached 20.50 feet, about two feet less than the peak stage of the 1981 flood along the creek. This was the worst flood along the creek since 1981.
The water has receded, but the flood left behind debris in the areas where it flooded.
Further north, areas around Hyde Park also experienced flash floods and there were reports of cars being swept away.
Austin-Travis County EMS says they responded to 26 water rescues Monday, 17 of which were between 3:30-6:30 p.m. No major injuries have be reported.
Four inches fell in five hours in Central Austin on Monday afternoon.
Austin Travis County EMS pulled a man who was clinging to a tree from the rushing waters of Williamson Creek in South Austin at the height of the flooding around 5:30pm Monday.
“I was reading a book. I went to sleep. And it started to rain,” said the man, who identified himself as Oklahoma. “The water came up real fast, real fast. Like a tsunami.”
EMS crews rescued the man from the tree in Williamson Creek near South First and Emerald Wood. He was not injured.
The National Weather Service issued a Flood Warning for Onion Creek at Highway 183 until Tuesday evening or until the warning is canceled. At 5:20 p.m. the stage was at 10.5 ft., flood stage is 17 ft. The river level will rise to around 21.4 ft by Monday evening, which will cause minor flooding.
Two emergency shelters are open for those affected by flooding – South Austin Recreation Center and NW Fellowship Church.