Sustained rainfall overnight caused road, bridge closures in Salado

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SALADO, Texas (KXAN) — Hours of heavy rainfall Friday morning led to flooding that closed roads and bridges in Salado, a town located about 50 miles north of Austin. 

Salado Creek became a raging river after it rained almost 5.5 inches in some spots, according to City Administrator Don Ferguson. 

The creek peaked Friday at 12 feet and actually came over the Main Street bridge. Crews from the Texas Department of Transportation closed it for several hours to clear away mud and debris. 

Those who live and work nearby worry about more rain in the forecast. 

“The ground is so saturated, and, if we get more rains, I guess we’re supposed to get some tonight, I don’t think we’re going to see [the creek] come down anytime soon,” Oni Swick said. 

“We need a respite for a little while,” Jon Williams added, “and I hope we get it because, Monday through Friday next week, I know we’re looking at more rain, so hopefully it’s not as intense as it was last night and comes down all at the same time.”

At least four vehicles stalled in the high water in some spots around town, according to city leaders. 

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