City of Austin braces for rain & stormy weather


by JESSICA HOLLOWAY / KVUE News and photojournalist MATT OLSEN

Posted on September 28, 2012 at 10:14 PM

Updated Saturday, Sep 29 at 5:37 PM

AUSTIN -- The City of Austin is bracing for heavy storms this weekend. The Austin Travis County Emergency Center is already watching for dangerous conditions.

Friday afternoon, with blustery winds and ominous skies, joggers at Ladybird Lake were enjoying some last minute time outdoors before the weather.

"I like to come here to have fun, run around the park and be outside, so I'm not real excited about the rain, no, but I guess they say we need it so," said Bob Phillips.

Ben Brooks brought his dog to the lake. It looks like he won't be enjoying the Pecan Street Festival on Saturday.

"It's good obviously because we're in a drought but it kinda cuts down on what you can do outside. It's put a damper on my plans for tomorrow," Brooks said.

City leaders said when it storms, animal shelters see a spike in the number of lost pets due to runaways that are frightened. 

Shelter volunteers said it's critical to properly tag your pet and the best way to make sure they don't run off is to keep them inside when there's bad weather.

The downtown Pecan Street Festival said celebrations will go on, rain or shine, but they will scale back some of the festivities.

As for the rest of Austin, some will curl up with a good book and enjoy nature.

Emergency officials want to remind you and your teenage drivers never drive into high water. Firefighters ask you to teach your kids the phrase "Turn-around, don't drown."


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