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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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Fridays with Fred

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Fridays With Uncle Fred 4/26/2013

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 04:08 PM CDT

It’s party weekend all across Central Texas.  We started off this morning talking about the number of communities that have their annual festival this weekend.  The big ones are Yesterfest in Bastrop and the Wiener Dog Races in Buda.  There’s also the Red Poppy Festival in Georgetown and the Lavender Fest near Fredericksburg.  In San Marcos, college radio station KTSW is putting on its annual MR Fest (pronounced Mister Fest.)  MR Fest is perfect for those who think SXSW has gotten too big.  MR Fest features 90 acts in more than a dozen venues today and Saturday.  And their motto is “No cash – no wristband – no problem.”   And here in Austin, Eeyore’s Birthday celebrates its 50th go-round around the Maypole.  Just click on the various festival names to go to the event web site.

George Rollow dropped in to show off his expertise in frontier gaming and to invite us to Yesterfest, a big weekend festival in Bastrop.  Their El Camino Real Music Festival tonight celebrates Latin music.  On Saturday from 10:00am to 6:00pm check out their street fair, street market and live music including Tish Hinojosa.   To get to the festival from Austin head east on Hwy 71 through Bastrop, then turn left on 95 and left again on 150.  You’ll see signs directing you to the parking.  And don’t forget to get your tickets early for Sunday’s Cowboy breakfast.   For info call, 512-303-0558.

And Lucy and friends came to invite us to the annual Wiener Dog Races in Buda.  This is just fun to watch and no animals are harmed in the making of this festival.  They don’t even get winded.  There are other fun activities, too, such as spelling bees and bake-offs.  It’s all family fun Saturday and Sunday in Buda.

By Fred Cantu 

Fridays With Uncle Fred 4/26/2013

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