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

Sunday May 24th, 2015

REST OF MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

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

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. 

HISTORIC FLOODING

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.

THE LAKES

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.

MEMORIAL DAY FLOODS OF 1981

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: https://www.flickr.com/photos/austintexasgov/sets/72157626196677382/

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Families Testify At Capitol To Real Dangers Of Texting While Driving

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 04:13 PM CDT

Texas lawmakers Tuesday heard first hand from the survivors of distracted driving crashes in Texas.  The family members each brought a photograph to put a face to the tragedy.  The meeting was hosted by Rep. Tom Craddick (R-Midland) and Sen. Judith Zaffirini (D-Austin), authors of House Bill 63 and Senate Bill 28 which would ban all texting while driving in Texas.

The Texas Legislature passed a ban on texting while driving in the last session.  But it was vetoed by Gov. Perry who said education and not a ban was the best solution to the problem.  Senate Bill 28 and House Bill 63 are named in honor of Alex Brown a 19 year old from Wellman near Amarillo.  Alex died in a single car accident as she drove to school during her senior year in high school.  Her mother provided emotional testimony that Alex lost her life to texting while driving.

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KEYE TV No Text Zone   http://www.keyetv.com/news/features/ntz/


Fred CantúFamilies Testify At Capitol To Real Dangers Of Texting While Driving


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