(KXAN) - Overnight storms dumped even more rain on a saturated Central Texas on Thursday that sent crews scrambling to handle numerous reports of water rescues and forcing more than 1,100 of people in several areas from their homes.
A man was found dead in Caldwell County as crews searched low-water crossings. The man's name was not released because family had not been notified. His body was found near FM 20 near Track Road.
Another man's body was discovered on Thursday afternoon in the 6900 block of Onion Creek Crossing, which is an area heavily damaged by flooding. Austin Police said the victim is a black male between the ages of 50 and 60.
In the heavily flooded area around Onion Creek, a woman told KXAN's Robert Hadlock that she found what appeared to be the body of the man face down on the ground.
On Friday, the body of a mother who went missing in the floods was found Friday afternoon, the Travis County Sheriff's Office said. Her 8-month-old son was found dead later in the day.
Some areas reported up to 16 inches of rain as the storm marched west to east from the Hill Country and through Bastrop County. Onion Creek reached a record high level and several other waterways that had been parched by months of drought were brimming over their bounds.
At least 100 people were rescued from the high waters and perhaps that many were still waiting to be save as of noon, officials said. As many as 600 homes were also damaged. Household pets and livestock were seen wandering areas hammered by the floods.
State Rep. Eddie Rodriguez, who represents the area, came out Thursday afternoon to assure his constituents that help was on the way.
"We've been talking to people here. They're in complete shock," the Austin Democrat said. "I know the city will come through. We will work together to make sure people have food, water and shelter to get back on their feet."
Just after a helicopter tour of the floods, City Manager Marc Ott told reporters at noon that some people cut holes through their roofs to escape the rising water in their homes.
Austin Energy reported that 8,500 customers were without power because of the storm. By noon, power was restored to about 1,000 customers.
The bridge over Onion Creek at William Cannon Drive was washed out. Police had the road blocked off.
The bright spot was that by 7:30 a.m., the heaviest part of the system was moving past the Interstate 35 corridor. But as dawn broke across the region reports of flooded neighborhoods and people in distress streamed across the emergency service dispatch radios.
One of the most dramatic reports came during the overnight hours from a woman in labor who was trapped by the fast-rising waters near Spicewood Springs Road. By 6 a.m., several hours after the initial reports came in, Austin-Travis County EMS workers were able to reach the woman.
According to officials, the woman had been cut off by two low-water crossings and crews were attempting to get to her using a rescue boat. At 2 a.m., crews on the scene reported water was traveling at 6,000 cubic feet per second and heavy debris were littering the creek.
Hours later in Southeast Austin, several people had to be rescued from the high waters near Bluff Springs Road. The First Independent Baptist Church was half submerged.
Numerous reports of similar emergencies poured in from all over the KXAN viewing area.
The Associated Press reported that around 4 a.m., crews received calls from Little Bear Creek about somebody screaming for help.
Buda Fire Department Chief Clay Huckaby told the AP rescuers spotted a man and his girlfriend in trees about 200 yards downstream from the roadway they'd been driving their SUV on, he said.
"The water was over the road by about 15 feet by the time we arrived at the scene. They were about 10 feet above the water line hanging from trees," Huckaby said.
Fire Capt. Craig Odell said rescuers encouraged the pair to "hang on" until the helicopter arrived. They were in the water about four hours before being rescued,
In Austin, Bull Creek was covering Loop 360 in Northwest Austin. Evacuations were also taking place along areas of Brushy Creek in Hutto. In addition, approximately 14 residents along CR 129 in Williamson County had been evacuated.
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In Pflugerville, the Red Cross opened a shelter at Northwest Fellowship Church for some two dozen displaced residents from Crooked Creek Drive. The relief agency was providing food, shelter, replacement medications and comfort for those families.
"The Red Cross is in close communications with both Williamson and Hays County emergency management," said spokeswoman Bristel Bowen. "We are prepared to provide assistance for the shelters at Hutto Middle School and Wimberley Community Center if it becomes necessary."
In San Marco, Hays County emergency management officials said high water prompted evacuations along River Road between Trestle and Aquarena Springs. A temporary shelter was set up at the city's activity center. The homes evacuated are along the Blanco River between I-35 and State Highway 21.
The storms that sparked lightning flashes across the area interrupting power in some places and knocking out traffic signals for the morning commute.
The Lower Colorado River Authority opened four flood gates at the Tom Miller Dam around 1 a.m. in response to heavy rains over the Lake Austin watershed.
In the western Hays County town of Wimberley, Cypress Creek topped its banks overnight and nearby residents were alerted to evacuate. Barbara Lee, who owns Leeway Cottages where eight properties border the creek, said she awoke at 4 a.m. to water already reaching her porch and patio furniture being swept away by the floods.
"These things were up by the house and it just took it away," Lee said. "It was interesting to see big wooden picnic tables just slowly turn over and float down the river."
Multiple roads in Kyle were closed due to the heavy rains, the city said in a statement at 2:40 a.m. Some roads that do not typically flood are also impassable at this time. Motorists were being urged to stay home and not be on the roads at this time.
East of Pflugerville, along Gilleland Creek, Madison Allen was flooded out twice in September.
"The first time we were surprised, the second time we had a better idea what to expect," Allen said. "This time we're going to a motel."
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