Maha creek in Bastrop separates loved ones after downpour

Maha creek overflows its banks and floods nearby houses. (KXAN Photo/ Phil Prazan)

CEDAR CREEK, Texas (KXAN) —  South of Highway 71 in Bastrop County was a maze of low water crossings and blocked off roads as officials told people to stay home.

Rushing water was over Thousand Oaks Drive right south of FM 535. It was quite a sight to look at if you didn’t know anyone on the other side. But this morning people are trying to get to their loved ones to make sure they are okay.

We’ve been hearing the same thing; didn’t this just happen last year.

“They boxed in they cant get out,” said Loretta Jones. She could only go so far. She was trying to reach her son who was stranded in his house on the other side of Maha creek, which is now over Thousand Oaks Road near FM 535.

“There’s another way around out back, but its probably worse than this,” she says.

“Oh the back way?” asks a neighbor.

“Yea,” she responded.

“You cant get in the back way,” the neighbor says.

“See,” Loretta says.

She’s lived here for eight years and has never seen it like this.

“Well were just gonna go on home and pray that it recedes. Tomorrow’s the family reunion,” said Loretta. She did speak to her son over the phone. But like she said, she doesn’t think she will see him until Saturday if the rain subsides.

Lawrence Hernandez lives on the high ground in the area. The water rushed down the hill behind his house to flood those in the valley. One thing is for certain here.

“I know its getting old, but what can we do? Just hope for the best,” said Hernandez.

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