PHOTOS: Flooding triggers water rescues across Austin-area

Waters continue to rise from Dry Creek to Tucker Hill Lane and River Road. (KXAN Viewer Photo/ Lucky Eller)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin-Travis County EMS and the Austin Fire Department have taken part in several water rescues in Travis County Thursday night into Friday morning.

STAR Flight has rescued nine people, and two dogs from floodwaters overnight. They are currently conducting a rescue at Plover Place. Two helicopters are in the air assisting crews with one on stand-by.

Rooftop rescue on Plover Place across from COTA. (KXAN Viewer Photo/ Juan Arroyo)
Rooftop rescue on Plover Place across from COTA. (KXAN Viewer Photo/ Juan Arroyo)

Lisa Block, a STAR Flight spokesperson, said “we had about six different locations and all pretty much in southeast Travis County. We had vehicle rescues and more recently the rescues from the roofs of houses near Plover Place.”

Four people were rescued from floodwaters at 812 Peterson Rd, one person at Maha Loop and one at Hokanson. Sgt. Ben Dranguet with APD Air Support Unit said several people were rescued from raging waters or stranded in their cars.

Air 1 is responding to a water rescue at the 13000 block of Pearce Lane after reports came in of a person yelling for help near a brushy area. Austin police say there are barricades up in that area. The police department tweeted that the Ross Pearce intersection is still flooded and drivers should take Kellum as an alternate route.

One of the people rescued was a firefighter at FM 812 and 1812 Peterson Rd at 3:45 a.m., east of COTA.

Medics rescued a woman in labor on FM 973 around 1 a.m. She is now safe.

A person was rescued from the water in the 7900 block of S. U.S. Highway 183. One person was pulled from waist high water about 50 yards from the roadway.

Ten inches of rain fell between 10:30 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. at Pleasant Valley Road and William Cannon Drive.

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