SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) - This severe weather season could be extremely active, thanks toEl Nino.
Flood Safety Awareness Week is March 15 through 19. Emergencycrews are warning people about the dangers of flash flooding,especially in flash flood alley.
STARFlight Paramedic Stephen Maier knows just how dangerousflash flooding can be.
"The topography can funnel down quickly," said Maier. "The watercan go from a slow trickle of water to a raging river almostinstantly."
Maier has rescued countless people trapped in swift-movingwaters. But there have been others he just could not save.
"If there's people on the roof of their car or stuck in a treeor wherever they might be, there's always a chance we might not getto them, and it's hard for us, because that's why we're here,that's why we're all staffed in the aircraft," said Maier.
Pam Showalter is the Co-Director of the first ever InternationalFlash Flood Laboratory at Texas State University in San Marcos, aperfect location to study the perfect storm.
"Part of the reason that drove the creation of the lab is thefact that we are in the middle of Flash Flood Alley and that runsfrom San Antonio up to Dallas-Fort Worth," said Showalter. "Theseverity of the flash floods that occur here are so consistent anddamaging that it made sense to have a laboratory smack dab in themiddle where the action is."
Researchers and grad students will closely examine low watercrossings, mapping all of them here in Central Texas and around thestate. They will also identify which low water crossings are themost dangerous. Through the new lab's research and internationalcommunication on flash flooding, the goal is to prevent floodingdamage and hopefully, save lives.
Late Saturday night into early Sunday morning, a light band of freezing drizzle traversed the I-35 corridor eastward. With sub-freezing temperatures, even the light precipitation created major problems.
A 10-year-old was killed while standing outside a vehicle after the child's family was involved in a fender bender, DPS said.
Austin Police are looking for a missing woman.
APD is responding to a 25 vehicle accident near the 5400 block of Ed Bluestein near Thurgood Ave.
A man is dead after being hit by several vehicles in the eastbound lane of Highway 71 Saturday night.
A representative at the Fayette County Sheriff's office said that Fayette County is effectively shut down due to icy conditions.