Bull Creek neighbors concerned with flooding and leftover debris

Neighbors say during heavy rainfall, debris gets caught in the bridge, diverting water on the streets

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A steady, downpour of rain has finally quenched a very thirsty Central Texas.

But it left some areas a little more wet than they bargained for.

Neighbors near Bull Creek and Loop 360 are familiar with flooding. Some say they’re frustrated with debris that gets left behind, which they say is exacerbated by a bridge built a few years ago.

“Every time we get five inches of rain, the water comes on the street, instead of into the creek,” said Brian Cassidy. “I’d say the debris is maybe worse this time than it was Memorial Day.”

Early Saturday morning he captured pictures and videos of the bridge covered in water. Cassidy says every time it rains heavily, debris gets caught in the bridge, acting like a dam. He says it then diverts water onto Lakewood Boulevard, and leaves behind a mess.

“The neighbors in my neighborhood are concerned with how the bridge was built,” said Cassidy.

Others who live in the area say the bridge is better than what they had before, which was a low water crossing.

“The bridge has held up to some really strong rains, pretty heavy flooding,” said Andy Ewing. “But it’s a bridge over a relatively low creek, so it’s going to grab some stuff.”

Ewing says it also doesn’t bother him much because the water recedes quickly.

But Cassidy says he’s worried about the day when Mother Nature brings even more inches of water, concerned it may reach neighborhood homes.

The city was not available to discuss the bridge concerns on camera over the weekend, but say they were out early Saturday morning clearing debris from the roads.

After flood incidents, they’ll typically investigate further to see where the debris lines were.

The Lower Colorado River Authority says Bull Creek water levels didn’t reach flood stage on Saturday.

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