Caldwell County braces for consistent rain as Harvey hovers

Trinity Street in Luling on Saturday, Aug. 24. (KXAN Photo)
Trinity Street in Luling on Saturday, Aug. 24. (KXAN Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — First responders in Caldwell County confirm twice they had to respond to calls for water rescues after someone drove into a low water crossing Saturday evening.

In Lytton Springs, people had to abandon a vehicle before it got swept away around 8 p.m. At 9 p.m., water along Farm to Market 1322 east of Luling swept away the barricades. A car drove into the crossing afterward. Luling police were able to get the car and the two people out safe.

The Caldwell County Office of Emergency Management said emergency crews rescued eight people and three pets from homes off Old Colony Lane Road, which is just east of Lockhart.

Four Plum Creek dams are now utilizing overflow spillways. Anyone who lives below a Plum Creek Conservation District Dams near creeks need to be aware of water levels.

Trinity Street in Luling has been a rushing gully all afternoon. Felisha Lozano lives right next door and she joins most people in town by just sitting inside looking out the window.

It’s hard to tell the difference between the low water crossing and her backyard. The tree out front was straight just this morning–slowly it’s tilted sideways throughout the day. She’s just hoping the water behind her won’t be worse than last time, especially with three kids in the house.

“I’m worried a little bit. Always worried a little bit but last time it got the same way with the flooding so I’m not too scared,” said Lozano.

The Red Cross has opened a shelter at the Luling Civic Center.

Gov. Greg Abbott has declared Caldwell County a disaster area. This declaration will be forwarded to FEMA for a Presidential Declaration. The process will include inspection of damaged areas in the coming weeks.

KXAN.com provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s