Williamson County responds to first wave of heavy rain

Flooding at the Taylor Bridge (KXAN Photo/ Tom Rapp)

WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — People north of Austin hunkered down through the first downpour of what is expected to be a wet few days.

Crews at Williamson County Emergency Operations Center began their work at 5 p.m. Sunday in response to neighborhood flooding.

One homeowner had to be rescued from his home on Davilla Road in Granger. A person was rescued from a vehicle in the same town.

The county says three drivers drove into high water crossings at County Road 435 and County Road 426. Six people were assisted out of he vehicles. Officials say drivers should avoid low water crossings and they should turn around immediately.

The water rushed into neighborhoods around Taylor in the late afternoon. With nearly 25 years on the same corner, Harold and Patricia Karkoska have seen drought, wind and more water than they’d like.

“We were hoping to go to Lake Travis but Lake Travis came to us,” said Harold.

Harold just finished putting putty along his back door, just in case the water rushes in as bad as last year’s Memorial Day Weekend floods. The rushing water at the bridge down the street and Turkey Creek are bringing in temporary lakes to the neighborhood.

“I don’t know what to do? What do you do?” said Harold.

“You get your family together and make a plan if something serious happens,” said 11-year-old Madison Pokorny. Her field trip is cancelled for Monday and her school is starting late.

“I don’t know what to do. We’re hoping and praying that it’s not gonna get us,” said Harold.

As the neighborhood prepares for more in the days ahead, so will the Williamson County EOC.


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