AUSTIN (KXAN) - The heavy rains that soaked Austin and the surrounding area Sunday also took down a utility pole at Lamar and Martin Luther King boulevards tying up Monday morning rush hour traffic.
The pole went down just northwest of Downtown Austin when a tree fell across the power lines, said Ed Clark, a spokesman for Austin Energy. Crews were on the seen before 7:30 a.m., but it was unclear how long it would take to replace the pole.
By 10:30 a.m., traffic was again moving through the area again. All work was expected to be complete mid-afternoon.
The rains the night before hammered the Austin metro area and the Hill Country on Sunday swelling creeks, closing roads, knocking out power and even endangering some homes.
Travis and Williamson counties were placed under a flash-flood warning as the rains of July continued and, in some cases, intensified. Before the night was over, as much as 4 to 5 inches of rain had fallen over much of the region from south Austin to Georgetown.
At the height of the rains, some 5,000 Austin Energy customers were without power. By dawn, all but about 150 customers had their power restored.
"About 130 of those (downed lines) are in the Loyola Lane/Lehigh, Langston area," Clark said in an early morning email. "That outage was caused by a large tree that fell into power lines. The lines are at the back of property lines rather than at the curb. This means tree trimmers and repair crews have to walk through backyards to get to the outage location and must carry in any equipment needed."
Meanwhile, some flight delays were reported at Austin Bergstrom International Airport.
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Lightning was blamed for at least one house fire. Barton Springs Pool was also closed on Monday. Laurie Dries, an ecologist with the cities Watershed Protection Department, said that Barton Springs went up 5 feet in 10 minutes.
Even though the water has receded, crews were not able to get the gates open at the time and water went over the upstream dam, Dries said.
Crews were cleaning debris out of the water on Monday.
Across the region, reports poured in of fast-rising water spilling over creek banks, calls for swift-water rescues and shut-down streets.
Joseph Fenity reported that a house in the 1300 block of Creekview in Round Rock was in danger of flooding for the second time in two years.
"The home took on three feet of water back in the 2010 Round Rock flooding," he said. "And the owners and their children are in a scary situation once more, as the creek behind their home rises during this flood warning."
Meanwhile, two gates on the Tom Miller Dam were partially opened to relieve upstream pressure, the Lower Colorado River Authority reported before 9 p.m.
Anyone near the dam on Lake Austin or downstream should be prepared for quickly flowing water, the LCRA said.
The rains also caused numerous near calamities. Austin Travis County EMS responded to at least nine reports of people needing to be rescued from fast-moving water.
"Three persons trapped in Waller Creek behind the Easy Tiger Mart on E 6th Street," the agency tweeted during the evening. "All have self-extricated and accounted for."
Other reports came in from the area around thye 2400 block of Pleasant Valley Road, 12000 Wycliffe and off Industrial Oaks Boulevard in Oak Hill where a man was clinging to tree branches in moving water.
With the heavy rains came loud claps of thunder. And several people in the KXAN viewing area reported creeks banks overflowing.
Jenny Beaver sent a photo water cascading over the bounds of the duck pond on Brushy Creek. Others sent in photos of flooding, rolling clouds and lightening strikes.
In Northwest Hills, resident James Robinson said water was pouring over his backyard swimming pool.
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