Rain causes closures, heavy delays in Round Rock


by MELISSA MAHADEO / KVUE News and Photojournalist DEREK RASOR


Posted on July 15, 2012 at 10:32 PM

Updated Sunday, Jul 15 at 10:42 PM

ROUND ROCK, Texas -- Road blocks are up around Round Rock Sunday night. In some parts water covers parks, flooding into homes and causing delays on roadways.

The rain is a sight Central Texans say they've been waiting for. However, with the heavy rain came delays and danger.

Traffic was slow moving in Williamson County. Drivers like Kevin Pipe say the fear of hydroplaning kept him on edge.

"I was drive like 5 mph," Pipe said. "Couldn't see a single thing."

Several roads have been blocked off. There was two house floodings, lightning strikes and fire alarms. Fire trucks could be seen all around town. Calls for water rescues and aide flooded 911.

"People would not turn around, and they kept driving in high water," Sam Bass Fire Department spokesperson said.

Parts of Lake Creek Park were buried under water. Some bridges and roadways were impossible to navigate through. It's why Sam Bass assistant fire chief Keith Farris says he always gives the same simple advice -- turn around, don't drown.

When it rains, it pours and that silly saying could save your life.

The fire department says roads will be blocked off through the night until the area starts to try up. Keep multiple routes in mind and drive carefully. If possible, just stay off the roads Sunday night.