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River Flooding along the Blanco and San Marcos Rivers/Flash Flood Watch

Sunday May 24th, 2015


Heavy rains have moved out of Central Texas.  Sunday was mainly mostly cloudy and mild. Highs ranged from the upper 70s to lower 80s.  Flood Warnings continue along the Blanco and San Marcos rivers.  Sunday night, only isolated showers/storms will be possible through early Monday morning.

Another storm system approaches overnight and another round of strong to severe storms is likely for Monday.  This time I am expecting the heaviest of rains around midday to the afternoon time frame.  Flash flooding is again a likely bet, which is very bad news for Central Texas.  Rainfalls totals of 1-2” on average with locally higher amounts of 3-5”+ are expected.  Remember, Turn Around. Don’t Drown.


The week ahead will have rain chances each of the 7 days, with rain chances increasing for the latter half of the week going into the weekend.  Heavy rain again is possible for the Thursday through Saturday period. 


The Blanco River rose to historic levels - more than 40 feet - in Wimberley and points downstream after between 9-10" of rain fell in Blanco, streamed into the Blanco River and pushed downstream.  Flooding continued down the Blanco River to San Marcos and down the Blanco and San Marcos River to Martindale and on towards Luling.


Lake Travis rose to 47% and continue to rise Sunday.  Lake Travis jumped to 52% full with Lake Buchanan at 40% full.  Amazing recovery - highest at Lake Travis since Memorial Day 2012.


If you need a reminder to Turn Around Don't Drown - just look back at history.  Central Texas is known as "Flash Flood Alley."  On May 24th, 1981, 13 people lost their lives.  Floodwaters rose out of Shoal Creek and caused significant damage to homes and business and caught a lot of people off guard.  Here's a photo gallery from the storm:

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Ballet Austin Welcomes Hansel & Gretel

Updated: Friday, February 10 2012, 02:31 PM CST
By Rob Fabuion, Austin On Stage

Ballet Austin II Staging World Premiere of Family-Friendly Hansel and Gretel

Featuring choreography by Nelly van Bommel, the new work runs February 25th through March 3rd in the AustinVentures StudioTheater at the Butler Dance Education Center.

The dancers of Ballet Austin II — Ballet Austin’s second company — will debut a new staging of Hansel and Gretel, bringing a playful spirit to the classic Grimm's fairy tale with new choreography by Nelly van Bommel.  Created for children as young as three years old and their family members, the production runs February 25 through March 4 in the AustinVentures StudioTheater at Ballet Austin’s Butler Dance Education Center.
“It’s a high-energy, modern twist on the classic that speaks on many different levels,” said Michelle Martin, Ballet Austin Assistant Artistic Director.  “It’s animated, funny and edgy.  I’m certain parents will be every bit as entertained as their children.”
In 2010, van Bommel competed as a finalist in Ballet Austin's New American Talent/Dance choreographic competition, which returns to The Long Center stage in February.   The choreographer won two Austin Critic's Table Awards for Fanfarnèta, a folk-tale inspired piece.
Established in 1999, Ballet Austin II is Ballet Austin’s second company and apprentice program.  Performing with the main company in larger productions, Ballet Austin II dancers also maintain their own repertoire and have performed and toured internationally in original works - including Quiet Imprint by Thang Dao (New American Talent/Dance finalist in 2008) and Strange Shadows by Jennifer Hart.
Apprentices are contracted with Ballet Austin II for up to two years, during which time they receive artistic guidance, career management counseling and job placement assistance.  Nearly 70 percent of Ballet Austin's main company’s current roster includes graduates of Ballet Austin II.
Performances of Hansel and Gretel will run February 25, and 26, and March 3 and 4, at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.  Tickets are $15.
A 30-minute Family Dance Workshop is scheduled for Sunday, February 12, starting at 2 p.m.  Participants will have a chance to see excerpts from the show and create choreography with the help of Ballet Austin II dancers.
The AustinVentures StudioTheater is inside Ballet Austin’s Butler Dance Education Center, located downtown at 501 West Third Street.  For tickets and more information, visit
(Image courtesy Ballet Austin)Ballet Austin Welcomes Hansel & Gretel

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