Austin Local News

For the second time this year, the LCRA has decided to open the flood gates at Mansfield Dam. Just a few weeks ago one gate was opened to address a large influx of rainwater in the Colorado River, but in anticipatiion of even more water heading downstream, three gates have been...
Rescue crews in Austin have recovered the body of a woman who was tubing with friends when she was swept into a culvert and trapped, a death officials blamed at least in part on recent heavy rains. Police and fire officials said at a news conference that the woman was tubing...
For the second straight weekend, Austin Police said a rock was thrown and hit a vehicle on I-35 in downtown Austin. The incident brings the total number of rock throwing incidents on I-35 to 84 since June 2014. The victim, James Joseph, said he was in his car with his two 13-...
Officials have enacted a waterway ban on both Lady Bird Lake and Lake Austin as of this morning. With the scheduled opening of a few dams to relieve rising water levels, officials are using the ban as a precaution. This means possible fines or more if you are caught out on...
Storms and heavy rain in the Austin area have affected two Austin Water facilities. South Austin Regional Wastewater Plant at 1017 Falwell Lane lost power Thursday night at approximately 11:00 p.m. This resulted in a release of partially treated effluent commingled with...
Since noon yesterday until 9:00 a.m. this morning, AFD Dispatch processed nearly 600 calls due to the weather; the normal volume is closer to 350 in 24 hours! It's been busy for Austin firefighters with weather-related calls. Six box alarms caused by a series of lighting strikes...
The Austin Animal Center will be initiating its emergency operation procedures due to predicted continued rainy weather that could further strain its ability to house any more animals. The AAC will be not be taking in lost or stray pets for the next 24 to 48 hours due to rainy...
UPDATE: The Travis County Sheriff’s Office continues to search for the missing persons, who were reported missing at FM 812 and SH 130. Earlier searches by STAR Flight, ESD 11 and the Austin Fire Department’s unmanned aerial vehicle did not locate the missing individuals. A...
Travis County is responding to the flooding caused by heavy rain overnight and this morning. The Travis County Office of Emergency Management is monitoring the response and current weather conditions. The Sheriff’s Office and Transportation and Natural Resources (TNR) are...