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Austin area remains in flash flood warning as Harvey stalls

State and national operations underway for hurricane relief

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As rainfall continues from a stalled, crawling Hurricane Harvey, a flash flood warning has been set through Wednesday night in parts of Williamson and Travis Counties.

Harvey was nearly stationary over Saturday night, and its current motion is south-southwest at 1 mph. While Cedar Park and Leander have closed a few low crossing streets to flooding, the area remains under a flash flood watch as the steady rainfall continues throughout the rest of the night.

City officials urge caution in navigating roads with wind debris. Several crews are working to clear up debris as they find it. 

As of 5:30 p.m., both Travis and Williamson counties are under a wind advisory and flash flood watch. While some affected areas near Houston are reporting tornado threats, there is no tornado watch alerts currently issued, The National Weather Service reports.

About four inches of rain has fallen in the past 24 hours, according to data from the LCRA Hydromet. Between one to three more inches are expected through Wednesday.

Leander ISD officials said Sunday they are monitoring the storms but expect to start school Monday morning as scheduled. Round Rock ISD announced there will be a two hour delay to the first day of school tomorrow.

All Austin ISD classes, activities and operations, including all bus routes, are delayed two hours Monday, officials said.

Brushy Creek Lake Park, Brushy Creek Sports Park and portions of Williamson County's Brushy Creek Trail in the areas of these two parks have been closed until further notice. Both of the parks are located in the floodplain and easements of the Upper Brushy Creek WCID Dam System along Brushy Creek and are intended to flood.

These roads in Cedar Park and Leander, as well as greater Williamson County are currently closed:

  • 2403 Peach Tree Lane, Cedar Park

  • 2348 Cypress Lane, Cedar Park

  • 805 Cedar Park Drive, Cedar Park

  • 2400 Sumac Lane, Cedar Park

  • Ridgmar Road at Brushy Creek, Leander—the northern entrance to the Ridgmar Landing subdivision

  • Broade Way at Brushy Creek, Leander

  • CR 272 at Brushy Creek – in Williamson County, structural damage caused

  • 2235 Walsh Drive – in Williamson County

  • West of Brushy Bend Drive and Brushy Creek Road – in Williamson County

  • Brushy Creek Road and Brushy Bend Drive – in Williamson County

The Austin Community College District (ACC) will open on a delay Monday, August 28, due to weather conditions throughout the district. Doors will open at 9:30 a.m. with classes and events beginning at 10 a.m. Classes that start before 10 a.m. are canceled. 

To minimize the impact on students, registration has been extended through Tuesday, August 29, at 5 p.m.  The college also will accommodate students' class schedule needs due to weather-related issues. 

“Catastrophic” and “unprecedented” rains

Major flooding is ongoing in Caldwell/Bastrop/Fayette counties due to over a foot of rain in those locations, and still expecting prolonged rain even for areas east of I-35, according to the National Weather Service.

“This event is unprecedented and all impacts are unknown and beyond anything experienced,” the National Weather Service reported to the storm’s situation on the Gulf Coast.

At least five people have died from the storms, authorities report.

Thousands of high water rescues have been made with many others underway. Some are coming from neighbors with boats.

In a press conference Sunday, Gov. Greg Abbott said 3,000 National and Texas State Guard troops have been activated to assist in relief efforts. He said the state is providing everything the Houston area has asked for and is standing by to do more. Additionally, Abbott asked for 12 more counties in Southeast Texas to be added to the federal disaster declaration. There are now a total of 54 counties on the Governor's State Disaster Declaration. 

"Our partners at the federal level have stood ready to answer the call for help from Texas, and I am thankful for their assistance as we continue to assess the situation in expanded areas across our state," Abbott said. "Many parts of Eastern Texas, especially in and around Houston, are experiencing historic flooding causing the need to grow for additional resources that will allow us to answer the call for help from our fellow Texans. I thank those at FEMA for their attention to the severity of the situation in Texas and the people of this great state for coming together in this time of need."

Abbott also requested from Secretary of Defense General James Mattis that a Texas National Guard Dual Status Command (DSC) be established allowing for a single commander for both federal and state forces to oversee response to the devastation statewide of Hurricane Harvey.

FEMA reported they have more than 400 search and rescue personnel "working to save lives in south Texas," with 500 more ready to perform rescues this evening.

"FEMA is going to be there for years," FEMA administrator Brock Long told CNN Sunday. "This disaster is going to be a landmark event."

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