Deadly central Texas flooding killed 2 as rescues continue

  • Texas is still in danger of more flooding as new rainfall is in the forecast.
  • Rivers and lakes are still swollen rushing into homes and business establishments killing two people along the way.
  • Authorities say that if Lake Travis’ water level continues to rise to another 14 feet, the raging water flow from the dam can submerge entire communities under water.

More homes are still threatened with near-record-breaking flooding as new rainfall is in the forecast for Texas. Non-stop rain caused rivers and lakes to swell swamping homes and businesses. At least two people were killed as rescues continue.

On Wednesday, residents say they were shocked and completely unprepared for how quick the water was moving. They took most of their furniture and appliances out on the lawn, CBS News correspondent Mark Strassmann reported.

In Kingsland, Scott Turner said his family was caught off-guard when flood rushed inside their home. The Llano River came rushing into their house, destroying almost all their belongings.

“I would say it probably came 5 or 6 feet in a matter of 15 minutes,” he said.

“We got all this stuff out of my wife’s office and moved it into the house and as soon as we got it into the house, then the house started flooding,” Turner told CBS.

“So we really didn’t have a chance to get anything out. You’re just going through your head just thinking of what you can get out. You know, at that point, there was nothing, there was nothing we could do,” Turner added.

Central Texas residents have the same story as rising and roaring floodwaters have become highly dangerous. On Wednesday, two men in an SUV were rescued when the vehicle was trapped in a ditch. The men tried to cross a flooded road.

According to CBS, four floodgates at Mansfield Dam are open to release water from the overflowing Lake Travis. To limit the damage, four more are expected to open come Thursday.

Lake Travis’ water level is now at about 700 feet, causing floodwater to swamp dozens of homes. Authorities say that if it rises another 14 feet, entire communities will be submerged in uncontrolled water flow from the dam.

Homeowners, like Turner, are just trying to pick up the pieces and hoping that the worst has passed.

“I don’t think it could get any worse,” Turner said.

Source: CBS News

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