JONESTOWN, Texas (KXAN) - As Central Texans prepare for severe weather, including potential flash flooding, one area in Northwest Travis County is still dealing with the aftermath of flooding several months ago.
In mid-September downpours caused Sandy Creek in Jonestown to flood. The water is still littered with debris.
"You can still see all the Styrofoam and stuff," said Anne Morley. Her home overlooks the Sandy Creek portion of Lake Travis.
Just before noon Tuesday at Morley's house, the thunder roared, and the rain started to settle in. Looking out into the lake you see docks, boats--all sorts of debris--scattered throughout the water, creating potential hazards for anyone on a boat. Plus, it's an eyesore. But Morley says there's more than what meets the eye. She's concerned about rising lake levels.
"There's a lot of stuff under the water out there, and I'm just concerned that today if it comes up, some of that debris can move," said Morley.
The debris is left behind from downpours September 14 of last year. Rushing water swept away the Easy Street Marina, taking docks and boats downstream with it.
The Lower Colorado River Authority says most displaced property has been removed. But what about what still litters the water? An LCRA Spokesperson tells KXAN, "Residential Docks are private property and their owners are responsible for cleaning up the debris from the flash flood. LCRA is working the City of Jonestown to ensure that the cleanup is done as quickly as possible."
Morley says she's also asked Jonestown City Council about what can be done.
"I'm just concerned that it's not on the radar screen, and I would like it to be on the radar screen. This is our home. This is our lake for Austin. We want people enjoying it and for it not to be dangerous," said Morley.
Hoping it gets better--before the possibility of more flooding--makes it any worse.
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