Heavy rain closes some low water crossings


by TINA SHIVELY / KVUE News and Photojournalist KENNETH NULL

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Posted on October 16, 2013 at 8:05 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 16 at 9:56 AM

AUSTIN -- Heavy rain forced several low water crossings around Austin to be closed Wednesday morning.

The City of Austin's Watershed Protection Department is staying on top of the situation. They say they aren't taking any chances after the wet weather we saw last weekend.

The low water crossing on Old Bee Caves Road off U.S. 290 near the Oak Hill Cemetery was closed Wednesday around 7 a.m. About 20 minutes later another low water crossing 6334 Joe Tanner off U.S. 290 was closed. Go here to see the map of closures from the City of Austin.

Check out this Vine video from our reporter Tina Shively on the scene of the closed low water crossing on Old Bee Caves Road:

The department told KVUE on Wednesday that it is keeping a close eye on Williamson Creek. It was a big source of flooding during Sunday's storms.

City crews are switching from spot to spot to keep an eye on water levels in case the rain picks up speed and threatens neighborhoods.

Fast-moving floods tore up the Oak Hill Youth Sports Association Field on Sunday causing about $100,000 in damage. Houses were also flooded. Many people woke up Sunday morning to inches of water inside their homes.

Areas in Sunset Valley and some places near Eanes Creek on Old Bee Caves Road were bracing for what may happen Wednesday.

If necessary, crews on the scene will activate automatic arms to block the road with low water crossing signs.

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