LUBBOCK — Flash floods swept through the Austin area Sunday after up to a foot of rain fell in a 12-hour period, closing roads, sparking rescues and canceling the final day of the Austin City Limits Music Festivals. The forecast shows more wet weather in the coming days.
National Weather Service meteorologist Pat McDonald said the Barton Springs subdivision north of Austin received 12.1 inches of rain and downtown Austin received 10.6 inches.
He said there have been numerous water rescues in the area. A mobile home park in the Onion Creek subdivision south of Austin was flooded when water levels rose to more than 28 feet, McDonald said. Numerous roads have been closed in the Austin area as well as in Hays County, west of the city.
The Austin American-Statesman reported city crews used front-end loaders and dump trucks to remove mud and flood debris from roads in South Austin.
A flash flood watch and a flood warning are in effect throughout Sunday, forecasters said. Rain is in the forecast through at least Tuesday, McDonald said.