Clean-up efforts underway after storms in Austin


by ASHLEY GOUDEAU / KVUE News and photojournalist DENNIS THOMAS

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Posted on April 3, 2013 at 6:24 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 3 at 6:41 PM

AUSTIN -- Andy Rios came to Austin from Denton with high hopes.

"We just wanted to check out the scenery and nature and everything, just because we've seen this place in movies and stuff and it's just kind of famous, so thought it'd be an awesome time out here," Rios said.

Instead, Rios has seen rain and the damage it has caused.

In North Austin, the day after storms ripped through Central Texas, a normally still Shoal Creek is still flowing.

To the west, water rapidly moves through Bull Creek as crews check the flood gauges.The City had to close seven streets Tuesday. Officials say all of the low water crossing signals worked properly and they want to keep it that way.

"Post storm, the crews are very busy going out and checking some of those areas," said City of Austin Flood Plain Administrator Kevin Shunk.

Down south, Barton Creek spilled over the dam into Barton Springs Pool.

"Because we haven't had flooding, a lot of trash and debris came over. And so right now they don't know how much trash came over," said City of Austin Parks and Recreation Spokesperson Victor Ovalle.

Crews have to wait until the water clears to see exactly how much damage is done. Outside the pool, a few trees lost branches. So for now Austin's favorite swimming hole is closed until further notice. Something that's bitter sweet for regulars. The pool just reopened Saturday after being closed for nearly four months while the culvert tunnel was repaired.

City engineers say the tunnel worked just as it was supposed to and they plan to inspect the tunnel after the water recedes.

People who want to go across the street to the great lawn at Zilker Park will need rain boots to combat the large puddles.

And at Lady Bird Lake, there were a noticeable amount of styrofoam cups floating in the water.

Still, few in Austin are complaining about the much needed rain.

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