Numerous water rescues during Tuesday's storm

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by QUITA CULPEPPER / KVUE News

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Posted on April 3, 2013 at 6:21 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 3 at 6:41 PM

AUSTIN -- Tuesday's sudden downpour sent a fast-moving wave of water rushing down creeks and streams. It took just minutes for numerous low water crossings to disappear. The phrase "turn around, don't drown" took on added urgency.

Austin-Travis County EMS responded to water rescues during the height of Tuesday's storm. One of them involved a car stranded out in the Oak Hill area, off Highway 71, at Williamson Creek. EMS had to break the window to bring the driver to safety.

And it wasn't just car rescues that kept crews busy. A couple from Boston visiting Hamilton Pool Tuesday got caught in the storm. They tried to wait out the rain, but it only got worse.

"It was a flash flood and it got very dangerous. The water started rising very fast and the waterfall, boulders were coming over the side of the cliff," Jim Miles said.

Luckily a park ranger spotted the couple and was able to rescue them.

The Austin Fire Department says between 4 p.m. and midnight Tuesday, there were calls for five swift water-stillwater rescues and nine flood assists.

 
 

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