BLOG: 7 inches of rain falls on San Marcos, leads to flooding

Flooded Highway 123 & I-35 frontage road in San Marcos. April 11, 2017 (Courtesy/Mayra Esquivel)
Flooded Highway 123 & I-35 frontage road in San Marcos. April 11, 2017 (Courtesy/Mayra Esquivel)

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4:57 p.m.: The storms caused minor issues along Union Pacific tracks from San Marcos up to Austin. The rain washed out the ground in some spots and made the tracks uneven in others. UP crews are bringing in some infill to stabilize each of those spots. They anticipate having southbound traffic (where the train was stalled in San Marcos) up and running at 8 p.m., and northbound traffic back in action by 10 p.m.

4:51 p.m.: 

4:26 p.m.: GED and ESL classes at the San Marcos Public Library have been canceled for the rest of the week due to storm damage in the classroom.

4:03 p.m.: Bluebonnet Electric says 152 customers are without power.

4:02 p.m.: Trash cans on parade in San Marcos!

3:42 p.m.: Aftermath of the storm at Highway 123 and I-35 in San Marcos.

3:37 p.m.: TXSU says all evening classes will resume at 5 p.m. All bus routes are currently back in operation.

3:29 p.m.: Conditions on Guadalupe Street in San Marcos.

3:22 p.m.: Train is blocking McCarty at Wonder World due to weather damage to the tracks. Union Pacific is aware of the problem.

3:14 p.m.: Power is back on in the city of Bastrop.

3:10 p.m.: Flooding on Juarez Street in San Marcos.

Flooding on Juarez Street in San Marcos. (KXAN Photo/Todd Bailey)
Flooding on Juarez Street in San Marcos. (KXAN Photo/Todd Bailey)

3:07 p.m.: COSM says River Road at Trestle and William Pettus are closed. CM Allen at I-35 just reopened at 3 p.m.

3:06 p.m.:

2:39 p.m.: Video of rescue truck trying to get to people stuck in the water at Highway 123 at I-35 in San Marcos.

2:33 p.m.: COSM adding 400 block of Mitchell (going over Purgatory Creek) as new road closure.

2:31 p.m.: Urban and Small Stream Flood Advisory for: Williamson County in south central Texas, Northern Travis County in south central Texas, Northeastern Blanco County in south central Texas, Southeastern Burnet County in south central Texas until 5:45 p.m.

2:21 p.m.:

Flooding at Old Gin Road at Redwood in San Marcos. (Report It: Marina Tristan)
Flooding at Old Gin Road at Redwood in San Marcos. (Report It: Marina Tristan)

2:18 p.m.:

2:16 p.m.: Downed trees on Barbara Drive. Linda Drive is completely closed but water did not get into the homes.

2:10 p.m.: 

2:07 p.m.: Rainfall total in the San Marcos area in the past 2 hours.

2:02 p.m.: Power has been restored to 1,400 customers near San Marcos. Crews working on 29 outages affecting 1,011 customers across the area.

2 p.m.: Minor flooding of the Blanco River at Wimberley. NWS predicting a crest of 16 feet this evening. At 17 feet, water recreation in the Blanco river is dangerous from above Blanco to the San Marcos river confluence. Secondary roads and bridges in the flood plain are flooded and dangerous. Much of Dudley Johnson park at Five Mile Dam is flooded.

1:55 p.m.: ACC San Marcos Goodnight Center is closed for the remainder of the day today.

1:52 p.m.: Hays Co. OEM says there have been water rescues but no swift water rescues. There have been a few structure fires due to lightning strikes but no injuries at this time.

1:47 p.m.: Water rescue at Highway 123 and I-35. Courtesy: Luis Leiva

Water rescue at 123 and I-35. (Courtesy: Luis Leiva)
Water rescue at 123 and I-35. (Courtesy: Luis Leiva)

1:46 p.m.: Fire crew at Hunter Road in San Marcos.

High water in San Marcos. (Report It: Ariel Koska)
High water in San Marcos. (Report It: Ariel Koska)

1:44 p.m.: Video of high water at Highway 123 and I-35

1:38 p.m.: High water at Hunter Road in San Marcos.

High water in San Marcos. (Report It: Ariel Koska)
High water in San Marcos. (Report It: Ariel Koska)

1:36 p.m.: Flash Flood Warning for Hays County until 5:30 p.m. Tuesday

1:32 p.m.: TXSU has suspended classes from 2-5 p.m. Round Rock campus is still operating as normal.

1:31 p.m.: San Marcos PD says there are a few people who have requested evacuation assistance in San Marcos. I don’t have exact addresses. I do know that there may be some near Linda Lane, Juarez and Lucio Flores.

San Marcos emergency responders are working multiple water rescues from stranded vehicles and homes. Latest street closures include:
-Moore/Blanco/Oscar Smith
-McHee/ West Access
-All of Barbara Drive
-Hopkins/SA
-Moore/Hopkins
-Staples @ 123 and Dezavala area
-E Access & Sherbarb
-1200 Block Belvin
-CM Allen/35
-Ellis/Patton

1:25 p.m.: Hays County OEM — some locations that will experience flooding include San Marcos, Kyle, Martindale, Uhland, San Marcos Regional Airport, Reedville and Redwood.

1:15 p.m.: San Marcos CISD schools are currently in a “shelter in place status” until further notice. We encourage parents to avoid flooding streets, and wait until further notice. The children are safe in the schools.

1:07 p.m.: Several parts of TXSU campus are experiencing electricity outages.

1:06 p.m.: In front of Saddle Brook housing development in San Marcos

High water near Saddlebrook Housing in San Marcos. (Courtesy: Hunter Trout)
High water near Saddlebrook Housing in San Marcos. (Courtesy: Hunter Trout)

1:03 p.m.: Bluebonnet Electric has 1,537 customers without power along Texas 123 in San Marcos.

12:59 p.m.: Radar indicates 6 inches fell in the past hour in San Marcos.

12:52 p.m.: The access roads on I-35 closed both ways at the San Marcos River due to flooding.

12:51 p.m.: City of San Marcos says the following streets are closed:

  • E. Access and Sherbarb
  • 1200 block Belvin
  • CM Allen @ I-35
  • Ellis at Patton
  • Aquarena at San Marcos River

12:48 p.m.: Bobcat Shuttle services will continue when weather conditions improve.

12:46 p.m.: 

12:45 p.m.: Keep track of road closures here: http://kxan.com/weather/low-water-crossing-closings/

12:41 p.m.: Up to 4 inches of rain has fallen in just one hour in the San Marcos area. Blanco and San Marcos Rivers appears to only have risen 1-2 feet so far, but the storm is not moving.

12:38 p.m.: We’re keeping a close eye on San Marcos. Brandon Funderburke sent in this picture of the retention pond near him.

Retention pond in San Marcos (Report It: Brandon Funderburke)
Retention pond in San Marcos (Report It: Brandon Funderburke)

12:33 p.m.: 

12:27 p.m.: Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Caldwell and Hays County until 1:15 p.m.

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