AUSTIN (KXAN) - Pounding overnight rains spilled over Central Texas roadways Sunday and turned once-parched creeks into whitewater rapids.
Emergency crews responded to numerous high-water rescues and the final day of the Austin City Limits music fest was washed out as Zilker Park was turned into swampland. By 3:45 p.m., Austin police closed all of the city's trails because of the floods.
One neighborhood had to be evacuated and a pregnant woman trapped in her car by rising floodwaters was rescued by firefighters. The final day of the Austin City Limits music festival was canceled.
Residents of parts of Sunset Valley took shelter at City Hall after being rescued from their washed-out homes as a flash-flood warning remained in effect until past midnight Monday..
In the small community of Sunset Valley, City Council Member Mickie Powers told KXAN the rescues started around 3 a.m. Later in the morning, police were going door to door on Sunset Trail and Reese Drive in the community enveloped by Southwest Austin to evacuate people from their home.
Meanwhile, the Texas Department of Transportation said that flooding on some state highways, especially in Hays and southern Travis counties.
Roads affected include MoPac Boulevard at Loop 360, Ranch to Market 1826, Farm to Market 967, FM 973 between U.S. 183 to S.H. 130. This list can and likely will change quickly, TxDOT said.
"TxDOT crews are erecting barricades and cones as requested, but motorists may still come upon some locations with flash flooding," the agency said. "Extreme caution is advised on all roads until the rain slackens, and water subsides. Drivers should be wary of water overtopping streets and highways in all locations."
In Manchaca, a woman who is six-months pregnant had to be rescued from her car stuck in more than 3 feet of water.
"I tried to get out of my car," said Holly Whitmore. "The door wouldn't open, so my window rolled down nd he (a firefighter) came over to help me. I just crawled out of my window and walked out."
Fire crews also responded to a call at 4501 Speedway, north of the University of Texas campus. It was unclear if the call was related to the rain. No injuries were reported, but firefighters rescued and revived a dog.
Kennels at the Austin Pets Alive shelter near Lady Bird Lake were flooded and the animals were brought inside the main building, the rescue group said.
At the low-water crossing near Spicewood Springs and Loop 360, a man reported seeing a woman trying to rescue her dog that apparently got pushed into the fast moving water. The woman tried to hold the dog's leash but the force of the water was too great the man said.
Kayakers went after the dog but it was unclear whether they had been able to find the dog.
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