AUSTIN (KXAN) - While most areas in Central Texas saw rain on Thursday afternoon, areas between Leander and Jonestown saw up to 7 inches in less than three hours -- 6 of those inches falling in 90 minutes.
The downpour flooded Big Sandy Creek in the hills off Round Mountain Road in Leander, causing a 10-foot rise in the waters.
Residents in the area were stranded for hours trying to get past the creek -- which covered the road in 2 feet of water.
The flash flooding in the area was so powerful it destroyed a marina and other boat docks.
By 9 p.m., the rain started to dissipate, and the low water crossing was crossable again.
The Easy Street Marina on Lake Travis was reported to have been swept downstream. Viewer photos showed destroyed boat docks.
Meanwhile, in Leander officials closed FM 2243 around 8 p.m. Thursday. Leander police said early Friday morning that they had no update on its closure.
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