Floods destroy bridge, force evacuations in Central Texas

Raging floodwaters destroy bridge over Central Texas river

In Kingsland, video captured a bridge crumbling as it was overrun by floodwaters.

Burnet County Sheriff's Office Captain Tom Dillard reported an unidentified body that was found in the Colorado River but could not provide more information.

A flash flood warning was in effect for Llano, Fredericksburg and Kingsland until 3:30 p.m. local time. The Llano River is still roaring and still causing havoc to communities. Major flood stage is 23 feet (7 meters); it's not expected to drop below major flood stage until Wednesday.

Homes also were being evacuated in nearby Granite Shoals and people were sheltering at a middle school.

Emergency managers in Llano County, about 65 miles northwest of Austin, welcome the forecast but say it's not yet safe for residents to return home - the Llano River is expected to have a secondary rise Wednesday morning.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott declared a state of disaster in 18 flood-stricken counties in Central and South Texas late Tuesday as severe weather and prolonged flooding continued to wreak havoc on the state.

In Austin, the Austin Fire Department has issued a ban on recreational activity in all waterways within the city limits until Thursday at noon.


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

"One inch of rain can produce a flooded roadway within minutes", Ron Anderson, Llano County emergency management coordinator, told ABC News affiliate KVUE in Austin.

Officials shut down a bridge over the Colorado river after one person died.

The Llano River flows between the washed out Ranch Road 2900 bridge in Kingsland, Texas.

In 24 hours, the river rose to 12 metres, some 10m higher than the day before, and around 5.5 metres above major flood stage.

Water on the Llano is cresting at almost 40 feet (12 meters), just shy of the record of 41.5 feet.

Meanwhile, forecasters told residents along the Llano River in central Texas to seek higher ground after more than 250mm of rain fell in only 36 hours.

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