(VIDEO) Chopper hoists people in Texas high-water rescues
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10/31/2013

Emergency personnel in helicopters and boats have rescued people stranded in vehicles and stuck in trees during storm-related flooding in Central Texas.  The Hays County Sheriff's Office had no immediate reports of injuries Thursday.  A spokesman for Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services says a helicopter hoisted four people to safety. Warren Hassinger says the individuals were trapped in a rural area near Buda (BYOO'-duh). He had no immediate additional details.  EMS boats were used for rescues in the Austin area. Austin Energy says about 6,400 customers lost electricity from storms since Wednesday night.  Evacuations were ordered along flooded creeks in nearby San Marcos and Wimberley. Schools in Wimberley, San Marcos and Lockhart closed Thursday.  Flash flooding warnings covered Travis, Falls, Comal, Hays, Freestone, Limestone, Anderson, Bastrop, Caldwell and Lee counties.

Road closures and rescue operations update: http://www.atxfloods.com/

 Video From KEYE-TV www.keyetv.com

 

EARLIER:

Emergency personnel in a helicopter have rescued four people stranded by high water and clinging to trees to escape Central Texas floodwaters.  The Hays County Sheriff's Office had no immediate reports of injuries Thursday from storm-related flooding. A spokesman for Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services says a helicopter hoisted four people to safety. Warren Hassinger says the individuals were trapped in a rural area near Buda (BYOO'-duh). He had no immediate additional details.  The National Weather Service on Thursday issued flash flooding warnings for Travis, Comal, Hays, Freestone, Limestone, Anderson, Bastrop, Caldwell and Lee counties.  Police in San Marcos, 30 miles south of Austin, say homes along River Road were evacuated. An emergency shelter was set up in Wimberley, 30 miles southwest of Austin, for evacuees from along Cypress Creek.

Road closures and rescue operations update: http://www.atxfloods.com/

 

EARLIER:

Start of school for Dripping Springs and Hays Consolidated ISD schools will be delayed until 10 a.m.

Wimberley ISD has closed schools for the day today.

In Wimberly they are evacuating to their community center located at 14608 Ranch Road 12 due to flooding along the Blanco River to Woodcreek.

In Williamson County: 

Williamson County Office of Emergency Management has issued voluntary evacuations of homes in the east Round Rock/Hutto area due to water rising along Brushy Creek. The City of Hutto has set up a temporary shelter at Hutto Middle School, 1005 Exchange Blvd. Approximately 16 homes were evacuated along CR 123 and north of Brushy Creek, and 58 contacts for homes south of Brushy Creek along Riverwalk were called to evacuate. In addition, approximately 14 residents along CR 129 have been evacuated.

For a map of flooded areas click on this link:  http://www.atxfloods.com/

Flooding has prompted evacuations and high-water rescues in Central Texas.

The National Weather Service has issued flash flooding warnings for nine counties in Central Texas.

Emergency officials say they've had to rescue people clinging to trees or wading through high water.

Some homes in San Marcos are being evacuated, as well as along a creek in Wimberley, where an emergency shelter has been set up.

Here is the latest from San Marcos: 

Heavy rain overnight in Hays County is causing flooding along the Blanco in San Marcos, including along River  Road.

San Marcos CISD is closed today.

San Marcos Road Closures Include: 

  • River Road—1300 Block to Highway 80
  • Pecan Street
  • River Road between Davis and Aquarena Springs
  • Uhland Low Water Crossing on Blanco River
  • Cape Road between San Marcos River and Luciano Flores Drive
  • CM Allen at West Access
  • Highway 80 at Clarewood
  • 1800 Block of River Road 

Further information on road closures and conditions can be found at http://haysinformed.com/

Classes in at least Hays Consolidated school districts are opening later than usual this morning.  Classes at San Marcos CISD and Wimberly ISD are canceled.

Lockhart ISD is also canceling classes for today.

Officials say they don't have word of any injuries.

 

 


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