Published: Thu, October 18, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Raging Texas floodwaters cause bridge to crumble, spur evacuations

Raging Texas floodwaters cause bridge to crumble, spur evacuations

Gov. Greg Abbot on Tuesday issued a state disaster declaration for 18 counties affected by the flooding, including Llano County.

Residents were evacuated from homes in Kingsland and in nearby Marble Falls, which was being overwhelmed by the Colorado River.

The Llano River was just below 15 feet on Wednesday morning after cresting 24 hours earlier at nearly 40 feet.

Video shows the bloated Llano River overrunning a bridge in Kingsland, about 65 miles (105 kilometers) northwest of Austin.

He added, "I also urge all Texans to take their safety into their own hands by closely monitoring changing weather conditions and heeding warnings from local officials".

Water from the Colorado River pours over the Max Starcke Dam on Tuesday.

Water levels along the Llano River at Llano have subsided but are still well above major flood stage.

Authorities said it does not to appear to be a person missing from the South Llano River flooding in Junction more than a week ago.

The body was recovered on Standstone and Flag Street Tuesday night.

Students accused of handing out cookies made of human ash to classmates
The student says, "After that he (the principal) told me not to tell anyone ". "And I was really, I was kind of horrified". At some point, one of the students claimed that her grandfather's ashes had been baked into the cookies.

Other parts of the state also suffered due to heavy rain.

The National Weather Service says the river at nearby Llano is expected to crest Tuesday morning at near-record levels near 41 feet (12.5 meters), which is 18 feet (5.5 meters) above major flood stage.

Flooding has closed numerous roads in the area.

In Austin, fire officials temporarily banned all watercraft.

Forecasters are concerned the Llano river could actually have a secondary rise at some point Wednesday.

Forecasters are telling people along the Llano River in Central Texas to seek higher ground after more than 10 inches of rain fell in the past day and a half.

"The ongoing multiple days of rain and the extraordinary amount is of course not normal", she said.

Unfortunately for the water-logged region, additional rainfall is expected in the coming days, as the prevailing flow from the Gulf of Mexico gets a shot of additional tropical moisture from the remnants of Tropical Storm Rosa, which is expected to sweep into the area late this week.

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