Homeowners finding new way home after roadways flood

Austin

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The rain has left some lasting impacts for many across our area, and that includes flooded roadways affecting drivers from Volente, Cedar Park and the Four Points area. Many have to find a new way to get around. 

“It definitely makes you consolidate your trips out of town,” Dennis Kinney said. 

For the last few days, Kinney has had to add extra minutes to his commute time.

“Coming from RM 620 you could be home in 7 to 8 minutes, and with this road closure it’s about 35 to 40 minutes,” Kinney said.

That’s because a section of Bullick Hollow Road from Farm to Market Road 2769 to Oasis Bluff is impassible due to high water. Kinney says it wouldn’t be so bad if this was the only flooded roadway on his way home.

However, a low-lying bridge on FM 2769 heading in and out of Volente is also flooded.

“It’s a one road in and one road out type of situation,” he explained. “Now, we have to take this long, meandered path.”

The meandered path is windy Lime Creek Road. Volente Fire Department firefighters said Bullick Hollow Road and the FM 2769 bridge won’t reopen until the lake drops several feet. For FM 2769, it would need to be at 695 feet, but they are not sure how many feet for Bullick Hollow Road because they do not have data on it. 

Currently, the lake stands at 702.66 feet as of early Tuesday morning. 

“It is annoying, yeah, it is annoying,” Kinney said. “I’m sure the city and the county have something planned to build off the road and put a bigger bridge in, but until then we’re not going to die.”

However, Kinney understands it comes with the territory.

“It’s just part of living on the lake. This is what you kind of sign up for.”

Carlos Gonzalez and his family had to use a kayak to leave their home on Bullick Hollow Road to run errands. 

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