Published: Thu, October 18, 2018

Central Texas flooding: Death toll rises as rescues continue

Central Texas flooding: Death toll rises as rescues continue

Here are photos and videos from the bridge's collapse and flooding in Central Texas.

Gov. Greg Abbot on Tuesday issued a state disaster declaration for 18 counties affected by the flooding, including Llano County.

A flash flood warning is in effect, and forecasters describe it as a "very risky situation".

The lake is situated where the Llano (LA'-noh) and Colorado rivers meet.

The river is expected to recede through Tuesday afternoon, but should stay in the major flood stage - over 23 feet - though Wednesday morning.

The National Weather Service said water levels along the Llano River had dropped back down to just below 15 feet on Wednesday morning, but emergency managers cautioned it's not yet safe for residents to return.

Llano County emergency management coordinator Ron Anderson reported roughly 105 people being evacuated on Tuesday.

Major flooding is happening in the Central Texas area. No one appeared to be on the bridge, and no injuries were immediately reported.

The governor's warning came little more than a week after four people were washed away when the South Llano River, which becomes the Llano River downstream, overran an RV park in Junction, Texas. The bodies of three were recovered and one person remains missing.

In Austin, fire officials temporarily banned all watercraft.

Marble Falls residents in some neighborhoods along the river were also told to evacuate. At least two deaths have been blamed on the flood waters.

The Llano River's crest of 39.91 feet in Llano was just below the record high of 41.5 feet there in June 1935. There, swollen river water rushed against the top of the 2900 bridge for hours, eventually causing it to collapse, video from CNN affiliate KEYE showed.

Water levels along the Llano River at Llano have subsided but are still well above major flood stage.

Patricia Sanchez, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Fort Worth, said the transition from fall to winter usually brings elevated levels of rainfall - but nothing compared to the amount of precipitation over the last month.

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