Fast-moving floodwaters have completely destroyed a Texas bridge, left at least four dead and forced the evacuation of hundreds of residents as officials warn more flooding is likely in the coming days due to record rainfall.
Officials said a body was found in a rain-swollen lake on Tuesday amid the widespread flooding in Central Texas.
The body, which hasn’t yet been identified, was found in Lake Lyndon B. Johnson, situated where the Llano and Colorado rivers meet.
It comes as authorities continue to carry out numerous water rescues across Central Texas after more than a foot of rain fell in recent days.
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.
The counties covered by the declaration are Bastrop, Burnet, Colorado, Fayette, Hood, Jim Wells, Kerr, Kimble, La Salle, Live Oak, Llano, Mason, McMullen, Nueces, Real, San Patricio, Travis and Williamson.
More rain is forecast for Wednesday and Thursday and flood warnings remain in place for large parts of Texas.
Water levels on the Llano River were quickly dropping early Wednesday after it soared above flood stage this week and destroyed a bridge.
The river was just below 15 feet on Wednesday morning after cresting 24 hours earlier at almost 40 feet.
Initially, forecasters expected the river to rise to near-record levels on Thursday, but modified their forecast to show the river dropping below flood stage instead.
Emergency managers in Llano County, about 65 miles northwest of Austin, welcomed the forecast but said it’s not yet safe for residents to return home.
Residents were evacuated from homes Tuesday in Kingsland and in nearby Marble Falls, which was being overwhelmed by the Colorado River.
Several school districts also closed for the day and emergency personnel blocked access to more than 150 low-water crossings.
Gov. Abbott released a statement urging ‘all Texans to take their safety into their own hands by closely monitoring changing weather conditions and heeding warnings from local officials.’
The governor’s warning came little more than a week after four people were washed away when the South Llano River, which becomes the Llano River downstream, overran an RV park in Junction.
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Source: Christian Post