Heavy Rains Soak Austin, Central Texas; ACL Festival Cancels Final Day
Because of the weather, all of Austin Parks and Recreation systems trails are closed. Parks and Recreation also closed the Barton Springs Pool because of flooding, and all of Austin's golf courses are also closed. The Austin Police Department is urging limited driving on roads.
Extreme flooding also impacted the Travis County wastewater lift station. It spilled 500,000 gallons of wastewater earlier this morning. The lift station, located at 4504 Travis Country Circle, has been repaired by Austin Water crews. Austin Water urges residents to avoid the area's creeks, though Austin Water's drinking water supply isn't affected.
Earlier today, organizers of the Austin City Limits Music Festival canceled today's lineup. ACL festival organizers say ticket holders will automatically be refunded one-third of the price of the three-day pass within three weeks:
Due to current weather conditions with flash flood warnings, The Austin City Limits Music Festival organizers have canceled the festival for Sunday, October 13. “Our first priority is always the safety of our fans, staff and artists,” said Shelby Meade, communications director forC3Presents, the promoter behind Austin City Limits Music Festival. “We regret having to cancel the show today, but safety always comes first.” Refunds will be issued automatically by check from Front Gate Tickets within three weeks. One-third of ticket price will be refunded to all ticket buyers based on original ticket price paid, and will be mailed to the billing address on the original order. For questions, please visit http://support.frontgatetickets.com.
So far there haven't been any reports of injuries or deaths from flash flooding in the area. If you live near, or need to drive over one of the roads prone to flooding, check out this interactive map of what's open and what's underwater.
Beyond any flash flooding, the National Weather Service has also issued river flooding warnings for Barton Creek and Onion Creek. Those warnings are based on how much rain has already fallen and what's expected today.
Rains that began around 10 p.m. last night as scattered showers grew into massive thunderstorms that have dumped more than six inches of rain in Travis and Hays Counties overnight. Forecasters expect the rain to continue into Monday morning.