Bastrop County officials put residents near Colorado River on alert


by SHELTON GREEN / KVUE News and Photojournalist DATHAN HULL

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Posted on October 31, 2013 at 10:35 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 1 at 7:41 AM

BASTROP, Texas -- Bastrop County officials are asking residents living near the Colorado River to keep a close eye on the water on Thursday night moving into Friday.

Data coming into the Bastrop County Office of Emergency Management suggests the Colorado River will now crest in the area around 8 a.m. Friday.

Bastrop County Judge Paul Pape told reporters that he does not expect water to get into homes.

Bastrop County Sheriff Terry Pickering told reporters that there is no such thing as mandatory evacuations in Texas, so at this point evacuation is a friendly suggestion.

Bastrop County officials believe there are several hundred people living in the most flood-prone areas: Hidden Shores, Pecan Shores and Kirtley.

Thursday evening KVUE News crews saw dozens of people with loaded R.V.’s moving their belongings out of the Hidden Shores neighborhood along the Colorado River.

“That water is powerful. Anytime God sends something out, we ain't got no control of that,” said Clyde Haywood, a Hidden Shores resident.

The Bastrop Sheriff’s Department is working with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, which has several of their boats on standby just in case of needed rescues.


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