BASTROP COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) - Cedar Creek flooding at Highway 21 and Watts Lane. There is also a road block set up at Watts lane and Highway 812 (Video courtesy: Gustavo Martinez)
As the water began rising overnight in Bastrop County, the calls for rescues were rising right along with it.
Bastrop County Emergency Services District No. 1 officials said they started at 3 a.m. and made approximately 15 high water rescues from cars and homes, including one requiring a life boat.
Lynn Reardon, the owner of LOPE, a race horse rescue organization, is one of those who needed a rescue, not only for herself but for her horses.
"We called at 6 and they didn't get to us until 9 because they were so backed up," said Reardon. "But they came to us with a boat and actually floated it out to us. Neighbors cut through the fence to get horses out. It was a very intense morning."
All 12 horses were moved to high ground, but Reardon fears the barn and her home might be a loss since a large portion is now underwater.
One of the women helping Reardon move the horses needed a trip to the hospital and stitches after taking a kick to the head from a startled horse.
Many roads and bridges along Highway 21 near Cedar Creek were impassable leaving people like Donnie Johnson playing a waiting game.
"I came back to grab my pick-up truck, but I can't get over there," said Johnson who spent the night in Austin and was trying to return to his home in Bastrop which now cannot be reached.
"Until the water recedes, there is no other way to get there."
Bastrop County Sheriff's Office says they found several washed away cars but, so far, no reports of deaths or missing persons.
It is also unclear how much damage to homes and property the flooding may have caused.
KXAN News reporter Chris Sadeghi on scene
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