Heavy rains close several low water crossings


by SHANNON MURRAY / KVUE News and photojournalist ERIN COKER

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Posted on September 20, 2013 at 5:08 PM

Updated Friday, Sep 20 at 6:34 PM

AUSTIN -- Area flooding caused several low water crossings to close Friday.

As the waters rose,  the crossings kept closing.

The water crossing on Joe Tanner Road and one on Old Bee Caves Rd. are both closed. Rushing water extended beyond road blocks. Both crossings are notorious for flooding when heavy rains hit Central Texas.

In Central Texas, when it rains, it can quickly become dangerous.

"Last year in July we got three inches of rain in one hour,” Northwest Austin resident Carolyn Fricke said.

Fricke says her northwest Austin home sits upstream from a bridge. She worries about flooding every time it rains because she's seen just how bad it can get.

"There was water going over my bridge four feet and the creek that is normally dry was nine feet deep," Fricke recalls.

Near Bull Creek on Spicewood Springs Road, low water crossings start to fill up as rain pours down.

In Southwest Austin drivers were warned to "turn around don't drown," in some of Austin's most dangerous flood spots.

For a full list of which roads are closed off right now, click here.

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