Texas Bridge Collapses Due To Flooding; Forcing Evacuations

Chelsea Wade
October 16, 2018 - 10:39 am

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KINGSLAND (1080 KRLD/AP) - A bridge over the Llano River just west of Austin has broken apart from floodwaters.

The Llano River is out of its banks. It appears to have crested, but emergency officials are still warning of "catastrophic flooding." Folks within a quarter mile of the river have been told to evacuate.

Flooding in Kingsland, west of Austin, is especially bad. The FM 2900 bridge over the Llano River in Kingsland collapsed Tuesday morning due to flooding. Chunks of it could be seen floating away.

All of that water is headed downstream and is now filling up Lake LBJ.

Residents were being evacuated from homes in Kingsland and in nearby Marble Falls, which was being overwhelmed by the Colorado River. Several school districts closed for the day, and emergency personnel blocked access to more than 150 low-water crossings.

Gov. Greg Abbott released a statement urging “all Texans to take their safety into their own hands by closely monitoring changing weather conditions and heeding warnings from local officials.”

The governor’s warning came little more than a week after four people were washed away when the South Llano River, which becomes the Llano River downstream, overran an RV park in Junction, Texas. Three bodies have been recovered. The search for the fourth has been suspended due to the heavy rain.

The most dramatic scenes Tuesday played out in Marble Falls, where an extraordinary amount of water poured over the Starcke Dam, carrying with it riverside docks and other large debris.

Homes also were being evacuated in nearby Granite Shoals, and people were sheltering at a middle school.

Chris Bishop with Tex Dot in Austin talked about the situation with KRLD this morning: