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
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 confirm they have located an 82-year-old women who went missing last night.
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.