Students evacuate after water main break, roads closed in southwest Austin at Old Bee Caves Road


AUSTIN (KXAN) — Students at a school in the Oak Hill area in southwest Austin evacuated after a water main break nearby that’s also obstructing traffic.

APD says the call came in around 7:45 a.m., and officers were sent to the corner of Old Bee Caves Road and Travis Cook Road. While police initially said the cause was possibly a sinkhole, Austin Eco Bilingual School confirms it was a water main break. It sent students home for the day.

There is currently construction work going on at the school located at 8707 Mountain Crest Dr. As of 4:19 p.m., Austin Water crews were working on the last part of the repairs to the ruptured water main.

Roads are shut down at Old Bee Caves Road, Mountain Shadow Drive and the Thomas Spring area. Delays are expected in the area and drivers are encouraged to plan their routes accordingly.

“The road closure will remain in place while crews work to finalize the repair, fill in the work site and clear out the equipment,” Austin Water wrote. “We are asking motorists to please exercise caution as they navigate the area and observe traffic and safety signs.”

KXAN will update this story as more information becomes available.

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