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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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Tom DeLay Goes Before Texas Court of Criminal Appeals

Updated: Wednesday, June 18 2014, 05:41 PM CDT

Oral arguments began Wednesday before the highest Texas criminal court to determine if the conviction of former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay will be reinstated.

It was all smiles from DeLay and his legal team nearly nine months after a lower appeals court overturned DeLay's convictions. "Feel great," said DeLay.

"I'm cautiously optimistic that a majority of this court will recognize that this case is not about money laundering and criminal conspiracy, but like Tom said and I like I told the court, the criminalization of poltics," said DeLay's Attorney, Brian Wice.

In 2010, a jury convicted the former U.S. House Majority Leader of illegally funneling corporate money to Texas candidates during the 2002 campaign cycle.

"Politicians can commit crimes and they should be prosecuted when they commit crimes just like anyone else," said Travis County Assistant District Attorney, Gary Cobb.

A judge sentenced DeLay to three years in prison, but the punishment was put on hold pending appeal.

"At the end of the day you cannot take a series of perfectly legal transactions and transform them because you say so," said Wice.

While the Third Court of Appeals in Austin agreed, Travis County Assistant District Attorney Holly Taylor does not. "In this case, the court of appeals kind of ignored some of the key witnesses that testified."

Taylor hopes this time around, the court will reinstate the 2010 jury verdict.

Both sides say they are confident in the judges' panel. "It may take them a little while. It's a really long record and there's a lot to talk about, but these judges really know their stuff," said Taylor.

"This was the first time that a judge that I saw had read the case, had read the opinion and read the testimony and really understood what this was all about," said DeLay.

DeLay's attorney says if this appeal goes their way, it's over. If not, they will go back to the Austin Court of Appeals.

By Deeda Payton

Tom DeLay Goes Before Texas Court of Criminal Appeals


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