Storms pose flooding risk across Central Texas

Flooding on Slab Road in Kingsland, Texas (KXAN Viewer Photo/ Sharon Hooten)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Flash Flood Warnings were issued for Central Texas Thursday morning as some areas saw more than 3 inches of rain. While the rain moved through Central Texas early Thursday, additional rain could fall later in the day, Meteorologist David Yeomans reports.

Thee current warnings are in effect:

  • The Pedernales River is above flood stage in Johnson City. As a result, A FLOOD WARNING has been issued for Blanco County.
  • Flash Flood Warning for Blanco, Burnet, Llano, Travis and Williamson County until 10:30 a.m.
  • A Flash Flood Warning for Hays County until 10:15 a.m.

The Flood Warning for the Pedernales River in Johnson City was issued after area rain gauges measured between 2-4 inches of rain since Midnight. The river quickly rose to 16 Feet, which is 2 feet above flood stage. The river began receding as the flood waters moved downstream toward Lake Travis,

There were no immediate reports of flood-related damage or rescues. The river doesn’t threaten homes until it reaches nearly 30 feet.

Continued Flood Threat

Already swollen rivers, full lakes and saturated ground mean any additional rainfall can quickly create a Flash Flood situation. All of Central Texas is under a Flash Flood Watch until Friday.

Archived Blog

Below you’ll find an archive of today’s coverage during the flooding.

Claire Ricke June 2, 20167:51 am CST

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Flash Flood Warning in effect for Hays County until 10:15 a.m.

Claire Ricke June 2, 20167:53 am CST

Flash Flood Warning for Burnet and Williamson Counties until 10:30 a.m.

Claire Ricke June 2, 20167:54 am CST

Claire Ricke June 2, 20167:54 am CST

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Claire Ricke June 2, 20167:59 am CST

Flash Flood Warning for Pedernales River at Johnson City until late tonight.

At 8 a.m. flood stage is at 15.1 feet.
Forecast says river level will rise above flood stage by late this morning.

* Flood Warning for the Pedernales River At Johnson City.
* until late tonight…or until the warning is cancelled.
* At 8:00 AM Thursday the stage was 15.1 feet.
* Flood stage is 14.0 feet.
* Minor flooding is forecast.
* Forecast…The river level will rise above flood stage by late Thursday morning
and continue to rise to around 16.5 feet by Thursday afternoon. After that, the
river level is expected to fall below flood stage by late Thursday afternoon.
* Impact…At 17.0 feet…Moderate lowland flooding makes secondary roads,
bridges and low crossings very dangerous. Swimmers and recreationists should
move from the flood plain downstream in Pedernales Falls State Park.

Claire Ricke June 2, 20167:59 am CST

Patrick Tolbert June 2, 20168:02 am CST

The Llano County Emergency Manager reports several county roads are under water near the Llano River.

Remember: Turn around, Don’t drown.
Claire Ricke June 2, 20168:05 am CST

Austin Energy: Power outage affecting 1,863 people at:

W Howard Ln
I-35
Iceberg Ln
Wells Branch
Claire Ricke June 2, 20168:06 am CST

Claire Ricke June 2, 20168:08 am CST

FLOOD WARNING: Pedernales River from Johnson City to Spicewood.

Drivers advised to stay away from flooded road. turnarounddontdrown
Claire Ricke June 2, 20168:10 am CST

LCRA opening floodgates on Lake Buchanan as morning rain flows into the lake.

People are asked to stay clear of fast-flowing water.
Claire Ricke June 2, 20168:13 am CST

Blanco River update:

Water still within banks and below flood stage despite 1 to 2 inches of rainfall this morning.
Claire Ricke June 2, 20168:14 am CST

Patrick Tolbert June 2, 20168:17 am CST

David Yeomans reports the back end of the rain will be near Lockhart before 8:30, and rain will begin gradually ending South to North.


Scattered showers will develop later today, you can get the full First Warning Weather Forecast here.
Claire Ricke June 2, 20168:26 am CST

Multiple road closures in Hays, Blanco, Llano, Gillespie, and Burnet Counties.

Track road closures: http://kxan.com/weather/low-water-crossing-closings/

Claire Ricke June 2, 20168:29 am CST

Flood Warning Colorado River in Bastrop from Friday morning to Saturday afternoon.

Flood stage is 23 feet, the river is at 20.6 feet.

Claire Ricke June 2, 20168:31 am CST

Flood Warning for Colorado River in Bastrop from Friday morning to Saturday afternoon.

Flood stage is 23 feet, the river is at 20.6 feet.

Photo of the river from last week:

Claire Ricke June 2, 20168:33 am CST

Closed parks and trails due to flooding:

Barton Creek Trail
Red Bus Isle Park
Bull Creek Park
Circle C Park at Slaughter
Claire Ricke June 2, 20168:38 am CST

Graveyard Point homes along Lake Travis are in danger today due to the Pedernales flooding.

When and why Graveyard Point floods: http://kxan.com/2016/06/01/lake-travis-community-fears-flooding-for-first-time-in-9-years/

Patrick Tolbert June 2, 20168:38 am CST
Even though the Pedernales River at Johnson City is at 16 Feet, which is above flood stage, we’re mainly talking about threats to low water crossings, low roads and bridges. The river is forecast to rise to 16.5 feet.
For reference it’s at 22 feet when additional roads, bridges and crossings are dangerously flooded. At 25 feet, roads and fences are expected to be damaged. At 30 feet, water reaches a nearby RV park and engagers hundreds of livestock. At 40 feet, the river reaches the lowest homes in the river’s flood plain near Johnson City and the rodeo grounds.
Claire Ricke June 2, 20168:51 am CST

Patrick Tolbert June 2, 20168:56 am CST

The LCRA reports “Forecasts and operational plans are expected to continue changing today along the Highland Lakes at Buchanan, Inks, Wirtz, Starcke, Mansfield and Tom Miller dams in response to ongoing rain.”

Additionally, the LCRA reports “LCRA has closed portions of lakes LBJ and Marble Falls to recreational boating because of hazardous conditions near the dams. Flows in the Highland Lakes are swift, and anyone on or near the water should use extreme caution.”

Claire Ricke June 2, 20169:11 am CST

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