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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:

KEYE-TV Storm Tracker Meteorologist Jim Danner


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De Niro Says He'll Donate Oscars To Austin's Ransom Center

Updated: Monday, June 2 2014, 10:34 PM CDT

Already home to a Gutenberg Bible, the world's first photograph, and priceless art, The Harry Ransom Center could soon add two other historical artifacts to its hallowed collection: Actor Robert De Niro's Oscars.

In an interview published in Variety on Thursday, De Niro was asked about his two golden statues.

"I think I have them in storage somewhere," he answered. "I'm going to send them to the Harry Ransom Center. They have the Gutenberg Bible and David Mamet's work. I send them my stuff."

Indeed, he does send the Ransom center his "stuff." In 2006, he donated a vast collection of materials that document his professional career dating to the 1960s. It includes annotated scripts, photographs, and costumes. Perhaps the current piece de resistance is the robe he wore in the 1980 classic "Raging Bull," the film for which De Niro won his best actor Oscar for his performance as boxer Jake LaMotta. He also won a best supporting Oscar for his role as a young Vito Corleone in 1974's "The Godfather: Part II."

Fans itching to see the two totems of Hollywood history shouldn't be hold their breath though. No formal arrangements have been made yet to ship them to Austin. But a Jen Tisdale, a spokesperson for the Ransom Center, said the research library would welcome the donation.

"That would be great if that happened," said Tisdale. "It would complement the existing collection and continue to represent his extensive film collection that resides at the Ransom Center."

De Niro Says He'll Donate Oscars To Austin's Ransom Center

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