AUSTIN (KXAN) — Severe weather forecasted for Sunday has conditions similar to those ahead of the deadly 2015 Memorial Day weekend flooding.
Just like in May of 2015, Central Texas is poised to see six consecutive days of rain, which has not happened since the Memorial Day weekend floods. Since the devastating floods from last year, cities and counties have implemented new potentially life saving measures. Here are a look at some of the improvements.
- Now there are better ways to enhance Bastrop and Travis Counties flood preparedness. The Lower Colorado River Authority installed five new Colorado River gauges in the counties will monitor lake levels, stream flow, river stage, rainfall totals, temperatures and humidity.
- The Lake Travis Fire department has a new boat, which will help them rescue stranded homeowners in the event of a flood. Lake Travis homeowners are already planning to uproot to higher ground looking anxiously at the severe weather threat for the weekend.
- Report on floods in Hays County showed lessons learned to improve disaster response times. The report specified a need for better communication between first responders and computer-aided dispatch system. Hays County also saw a new stream gauge on the Blanco River where the river meets the Little Blanco River, which is north of Wimberley. The Edwards Aquifer is also paying for a new gauge at the Fischer Store Road Bridge (which just reopened).
- San Marcos receives $25 million for long-term flooding solutions. Officials are asking for community input on how to spend the funds.
- Flood sirens and water gauges along Guadalupe River will allow for anyone to check changing water levels.
- The city of Austin and the LCRA teamed up to launch ATXhydromet.com, a site that displays real-time data from 78 rain gauges maintained by the city’s Watershed Protectin Department. This is the first time the public has had access to the information in two and a half years.
- The city of Georgetown is now a part of ATXFloods.
In preparation for this weekend’s storms, Hays County has additional TEXSAR swift water rescue teams on standby to supplement the five locals teams throughout the county. The county is keeping people aware of any possible road dangers at HaysInformed.com.
KXAN’s First Warning Weather Team will be monitoring the situation all weekend. For weather updates on the go, download KXAN’s Weather App for your iOS or Android phone.