SMITHVILLE, Texas (KXAN) - The Colorado River in Bastrop crested at 28.15 feet around 11 a.m. Friday and water levels slowly began to drop.
The rains that hammered Austin overnight Thursday found their way to the Colorado River and now pose a danger downstream to Bastrop and beyond.
Homes in the Pecan Shores Subdivision along the Colorado River in Smithville were being evacuated Thursday afternoon after the river continued to swell.
Residents who live in the subdivision are watching out for their home and their neighbors.
"You jump in that river, it'll kill you," said Thomas Hancock. "You just have to be sensible about things, help your neighbors and let neighbors help you, then everything works out pretty good."
Smithville police said water has not yet reached homes, but County officials are watching things closely and urging residents to do the same.
"If you live in an area where flooding has been a problem in the past, if you live near the channel of the Colorado, you need to be on alert and watching very closely," urged Bastrop County Judge Paul Pape.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Colorado River is expected to crest in Bastrop at 31 feet on Friday around 7 a.m.
Smithville will see the river reach 26 feet at 7 a.m. on Saturday.
Other areas of impact as the river continues to rise are as follows:
At 25 feet, river flow will threaten the lowest residences five miles upstream at Hidden Valley Estates and three miles upstream at Doty River Estates.
Roads and bridges near the river will flood and be a danger to motorists.
At 36 feet, the lowest part of the road into the Fritsch Auf Subdivision just south of the Colorado River south of downtown will flood and the Colorado River will approach the lowest homes in the Fritsch Auf Subdivision and additional flow down Buckners Creek will flood them.
At 31 feet, disastrous flooding will reach many homes between Bastrop and Smithville in the Doty River, Hidden Valley and Pecan Shores subdivisions. Roads and bridges in the flood plain would become very dangerous.
Livestock should be moved from the flood plain.
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