All but one Austin road reopened after flooding



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Posted on November 7, 2013 at 7:19 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 7 at 7:20 PM

AUSTIN -- Despite warning signs and closed roads and sidewalks, people were still walking on the River Plantation Drive bridge on Thursday.

The pedestrians took pictures of how Onion Creek looked a week after deadly floods raged through the area. They also wanted to know when the bridge will reopen.

Phillip Shaw said the closure is a major inconvenience for the the Onion Creek neighborhood.

"It isolates that side of the neighborhood, because the folks on the other side of the bridge have to go out to 1327 or to Brandt Road, miles out of the way," Shaw said.

Carolyn Perez, Communications Manager for the Department of Public Works, said the bridge will be closed indefinitely until they can make sure it's structurally safe. At one point during the flood, water went over the bridge.

On Thursday, engineers were working to on a plan to repair the bridge. On Wednesday, they reopened one of Burleson Road, which was one of the hardest hit.

"It was about a 1,0000-foot stretch of asphalt that was completely ripped off of the road from the flood water," said Perez.

Less than a week later, the road was fully repaired.

Perez said all roads in Austin once closed are reopen, except for River Plantation Drive.

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