AUSTIN (KXAN) – The number of low water crossings being closed by local emergency officials continues to climb as heavy rain continues to fall across Central Texas.
Turn around, don’t drown
If you encounter water over the road way, play it safe. The folks at ATXFloods.com try to keep their data as up to date a possible, but if you see water on the road way, turn around don’t drown.
It only takes 6 inches of water to knock a person off their feet and 2 feet of water can carry your car away. Never drive into a flooded roadway; the depth of the water can be very misleading and deadly in the dark.
If you live near, or drive through a low water crossing on a frequent basis, you should plan alternate routes around the crossing. If a crossing stands between you and your home, find a safe place to wait it out.
Rescues Saturday Morning
A Travis County Sheriff’s Office deputy and a regular driver were stuck between two low water crossings in the 13400 block of FM 2679. The deputy got stuck while he was putting up barricades. The deputy called for help, but by the time the Austin Fire Department arrived, the water receded and everyone was able to give away safely.
A driver had to be rescued around 7:15 a.m. after they got stuck in 7416 West State Highway 71. The person was able to get out safely.