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Update: Flash Flood Warning for Bastrop County; Emergency Shelter in Place
Update (Noon): Via Twitter, Bastrop Country Emergency Operations reports that FM 969 has been reopened.
Travis County Emergency Services reports that Star Flight helicopter service has been requested to search Eastern Travis and Western Bastrop counties. “Reported houses and vehicles submerged. Unknown if there are any victims,” the group says.
The American Red Cross Central Texas Region says they are dispatching a disaster assessment team “to the neighborhood affected by this morning’s flash flood in Webberville, TX. The team will have supplies, snacks, and water, and will be on scene to assess the needs of affected residents. Additional volunteers are standing by to open a shelter if needed.”
The flash flood warning for Bastrop and portions of Travis County expired at noon.
Original Post (11:13 a.m.): Bastrop and East Central Travis County are under a flash flood warning until noon, due to heavy rainfall last night and this morning.
The subdivision of Backwoods has been hit the hardest, according to the Bastrop Office of Emergency Management. However, no houses have been flooded.
Comanche Trail, the upper parts of Upper Elgin River Road, as well as FM 969 have all been closed off due to flooding. The county reports on Facebook that water evacuations of cars and residences is underway in the area. There have been no road closures in Travis County.
Bastrop County has placed a school bus on the corner of FM 1704 and FM 969 for shelter. The county is also encouraging people to get off of the road, especially if they see water.
Bastrop officials will continue to evaluate the roads, but expect no more road closures today.