With More Rain In Sight, Austin Begins Clean-Up After Memorial Day Floods
Storms swept through the Austin area Monday afternoon, causing businesses and roadways to flood. The National Weather Service says Austin should expect more rain and thunderstorms this week, with chances as high as 50 percent on Friday.
Storms across the state resulted in a total of seven dead in Texas, including one in San Marcos, one in Wimberley, one in Cameron, one in San Antonio and three more in Houston. At least 30 people are still unaccounted for in Hays County.
Meanwhile in Austin, clean-up efforts are underway. You can get the latest information from the city of Austin here.
4 p.m. The body of one man, still unidentified, has been recovered in northeast Travis County.
1 p.m. CapMetro says its rail service will be restored as of 3:44 this afternoon. Its buses are running normally, say CapMetro officials.
12:45 p.m. You can call Austin Disaster Relief Network if you're affected by the flood and still need help.
12 p.m. An update from CapMetro says that MetroRail is offering partial service today:
11:15 a.m. The North Austin Red Cross shelter housed five people last night, and the South Austin shelter housed two. The shelters in San Marcos housed 80 overnight. Updated Red Cross shelter information for those in need Tuesday:
10:45 a.m. ATXfloods is reporting that nearly all of Austin's roads are open.
9:35 a.m. The City of Austin warns residents that high water levels have resulted in untreated wastewater runoff, and anyone living within a half-mile of runoff sites (list here) should boil water before use or consumption.
Businesses along Lamar at Shoal Creek near 12th Street are cleaning up after the creek’s waters rose above street level, and some are unsure as to when they can reopen. KUT’s Kate McGee spoke with Jennifer Stayton this morning about the damage.
Owners of the Goodwill at 10th and Lamar said they got between four and six feet of water.
Lake Travis is 64 percent full at 655 feet, nearly 18 feet higher than it was this time on Saturday morning. That rise, however, has led to flooding downstream, with massive inflows triggering flood stages in Bastrop, Smithville and La Grange.
Hays County officials are still searching for the 12 missing after historic floods in Wimberley and San Marcos. The City of San Marcos is holding a volunteer day in conjunction with the United Way of Hays County and the First United Methodist Church to help those affected by floods. Volunteers can check in at 9000 Bugg Lane.
Classes at the Austin Community College at Round Rock are canceled today due to power outages. Check here for a longer list of today's closings.
How to find or provide help: Those who need general assistance are encouraged to call the Red Cross at 1-800-RED-CROSS. If you're on twitter you can follow Central Texas Red Cross here. You can check on loved ones and neighbors via the Red Cross's Safe and Well registry here, and survivors are encouraged to register there as well. Donations to the Red Cross can be made online here. Those looking to donate can also do so by phone by calling 512-928-4271 or by texting REDCROSS to 90999 for a $10 donation.
United Way for Greater Austin (UWATX) has set up a Disaster Recovery Fund to raise money for Central Texas flood victims, including those living in Travis, Hays and Bastrop counties. If you would like to help your neighbors in need, visit unitedwayaustin.org/floods to make a donation. Or, to contribute to victims specifically in Hays County text FLOODS to 41444.
KUT will continue to update this post.