Colorado River floods homes in Smithville, La Grange

Pecan Shores neighborhood in Smithville area. (KXAN Photo/Alicia Inns)
Pecan Shores neighborhood in Smithville area. (KXAN Photo/Alicia Inns)

BASTROP, Texas (KXAN) — People who live along the Colorado River in La Grange are asked to remain vigilant since the river is expected to crest at 43.7 feet—which will be the river’s fifth highest in history and highest since 1998—early Saturday morning.

At 9:15 a.m. Friday, the river was at 34.3 feet in La Grange. Flood stage for the Colorado River is 26 feet. At 43 feet, “disastrous flooding” is predicted and several mobile homes in La Grange and five permanent homes in the Frisch Auf subdivision will flood up to 6-7 feet.

“This is the highest I’ve seen it,” Ray Bellon said. His dogs took a tip at what is now an underwater boat ramp, as the water levels continue to rise Friday night.

Others are getting ready to go. “We decided right away we were not going to stick it out,” Richard Rosenthal said.

A disaster declaration was made in Bastrop, Lee and Fayette counties Friday, opening up additional resources to flood victims.

Before the river crests in La Grange, homeowners in Bastrop County are urged to protect their belongings as well. Major flooding is expected in the Hidden Valley Estates. Early Friday morning, authorities issued evacuations for approximately 120 homes in Hidden Shores, Doty River Estates and Pecan Shores Estates. In Bastrop, the river is expected to crest at 32 feet, which is about 4 feet below crest from October floods in 2015.

In anticipation of flooding downstream from Austin, the Lower Colorado River Authority suspended all releases from Mansfield and Tom Miller dams Friday morning.

Map of Bastrop County evacuations (KXAN Photo)
Map of Bastrop County evacuations (KXAN Photo)

KXAN.com provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s