HAYS COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) - Following a morning of heavy rains, Hays County drivers knewwithout a doubt which low water crossings were impassable due toflooding Wednesday afternoon.
Some 16 flood signals stood as warnings at some of the county'shistorically dangerous crossings.
By 2 p.m., five signals still flashed bright, urging drivers tostop and turn around.
- Wayside Dr./CR 179
- FM 1492 @ Blanco River
- Little Arkansas Rd./CR 174
- Uhland Rd./CR 161
- Mill Creek
You can view an interactive, real-time map of all of theHays County flood sensors by clicking here .
The signals, similar to flashing school zone lights, went up in2007 after years of preparation from emergency officials.
A November 2004 low water crossing drowning on the Blanco Riverprompted action. Crews rescued a man but had to send out searchteams for a woman swept from the same car.
Hays County flood signal at Little Arkansas Road
The lights are especially helpful at night when drivers cannotgauge the water's depth. Hays County is looking to add moresignals, but they are very expensive. Officials are currentlysearching for more funding.
Hays County is the only Central Texas county with suchprotection measures. Officials said, since 2007, there have been nocars swept away there.
Little Arkansas Road low water crossing in Hays County
Cold temperatures forecast for Saturday morning have prompted Georgetown officials to cancel the parade associated with the annual Christmas Stroll. The Stroll, however, will go on.
A Lago Vista couple faces child endangerment charges after authorities found their home covered in feces and garbage.
The Austin Humane Society reopened to the public Friday after closing its doors for six weeks.
The freezing and near-freezing rain that swooped into Central Texas overnight prompted numerous school closings and delays and made for a harrowing morning commute on Friday.
A man is charged with murder in the shooting death Wednesday of a woman at a North Austin auto repair shop, police said Friday.
The man who fell into a flood control channel and drowned last month was identified Friday as 57-year-old Ronald M. Allen.