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KXAN's Top 10 videos of 2018

AUSTIN (KXAN) — From a school bus swept up at a low water crossing, to details of Austin's boil water notice, to a sweet story of a family that transformed their home into something Harry Potter would be proud of, a variety of KXAN videos sprang to the top in 2018. 

10) Police link Charles Curry Jr. to Post South Lamar homicide and shooting spree

Austin police say the man who went on a shooting spree on the city's south side on July 12 is also the suspect in the deadly shooting of Christian Meroney, 32, at the Post South Lamar apartments earlier in the week.

9) Junction woman rides river for more than 20 miles clinging to piece of debris

As the South Llano River flooded, one woman survived after being swept down the river for more than 20 miles while clinging to a piece of debris. 

8) Mystery illness paralyzing Central Texas children

Doctors nationwide are puzzled by a mystery illness paralyzing children as young as four years old. Acute Flaccid Myelitis, or AFM for short, attacks the nervous system, targeting the spinal cord, leading to weakness in the arms and legs, eye problems including droopy eyelids, difficulty swallowing and slurred speech.  

7) Details on flood mitigation from the Lower Colorado River Authority

John Hofman from the Lower Colorado River Authority explained how it uses dams to mitigate floodwaters as Central Texas dealt with serious flooding in October.

6) RAW: Leander ISD school bus swept away in floodwaters

Dashcam footage shows the moment a Leander ISD school bus was swept away in fast-moving Brushy Creek floodwaters Oct. 16. The Leander Independent School District says the driver, 57-year-old Nathan Deyoung, was arrested by Leander police after he was rescued and is no longer employed by the district. The sole student on the bus was treated by Williamson County EMS and released to his family. 

5) What went wrong at Austin's water treatment plants

The reason all of Austin was under a boil water notice and unable to safely drink tap water can be summed up like this — the water headed into treatment plants was too murky. More specifically, its turbidity, which measures how light is impacted by particles in the water, was 100 times higher than normal. 

4) Austin family transforms home into Harry Potter's Diagon Alley

A family in south Austin worked on a Harry Potter-themed Halloween display since June, transforming their driveway and home into the wizard shopping district known as Diagon Alley.

3) Man loses home after Bastrop Co. leader plants 'no trespassing' sign

Frank Vickers was sitting on his couch watching Jeopardy when he heard a knock at the door one evening in late September. Before he could stand up, a Bastrop County Sheriff’s deputy was standing in his living room and told him to get out.

2) Flooding on the Llano River as water approaches the bridge

Torrential rain caused the Llano River to flood, approaching homes and sending debris downstream toward Starcke Dam.

1) FULL PRESS CONFERENCE: Austin's boil water notice

City officials told Austinites to boil water out of an abundance of caution after silt in the water caused a lowered capacity at city water treatment plants.


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