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.