AUSTIN (KXAN) — ATXfloods may not have been the first website on your mind the past few weeks with our hot dry streak, but tropical rains this week might have you clicking.
If so, you’re seeing the soft launch of what is nearly a 2-year long project.
ATXfloods is a very useful website that can inform you about low water crossings across Central Texas during flooding events.
However, it is also rolling out “new and improved” features this year, including easier access to the website on your phone for when you’re on the go, as well as live camera views at various low-water crossings.
The low-water crossing at Joe Tanner Road and McCarty Lane is one of the newly updated sites by the Flood Early Warning System folks that feeds info to ATXFloods.com.
One of the most noticeable changes is the “caution” feature, now being flagged on their website at several low-water crossings.
Scott Prinsen with the city of Austin Flood Warning System says, “Sometimes let’s just say it’s been a couple of days and the road’s been closed and the weather has cleared up. If we haven’t heard back from our partners in those particular jurisdictions, they haven’t updated the site, we’ll go ahead and change that to caution.”
“Caution” could also mean road or bridge damage, which you may want to avoid, even if the road is passable. Or that the road or bridge may be open, but reduced to one lane.
One of the reasons this major improvement is underway: they started with about a dozen low-water crossings, whereas they’re now up to 2,000 as Austin grows and the website adds more counties. The newest crossings are in the Hill Country for the first time.
The Flood Early Warning System hopes to have all these updates up and running by the end of the summer.