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Woman's Body Recovered After Central Texas Flooding

October 17, 2018 - 5:58 pm
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LLANO (KRLD) - Authorities say a woman’s body has been found at a low-water crossing in a Central Texas city inundated by floodwaters from the Llano River.

Officials say the body was recovered in Llano Tuesday night. Llano County Judge Mary Cunningham says the woman’s family has been notified but her that name isn’t yet being released.

Water levels on the Llano River are now dropping but had soared above flood stage this week, destroying a bridge, forcing evacuations and leading to water rescues.

Earlier Tuesday, another body was found in Lake Lyndon B. Johnson, about 30 miles (50 kilometers) southeast of Llano. The lake is situated where the Llano River flows into the Colorado River. That body has not been identified.

Officials say there’s a continued threat for flooding in Central Texas as more rain is expected to fall on the already saturated area and dams along the swollen Colorado River release some of the flood downstream.

National Weather Service forecaster Jason Runyen said Wednesday that the area was expected to get an additional 1 to 2 inches (3 to 5 centimeters) of rain Thursday and Friday, with some isolated areas getting as much as 4 inches (10 centimeters) of rain.

The Lower Colorado River Authority has been opening flood gates along the river since Monday. Four floodgates are open on Mansfield Dam at Lake Travis, located northwest of Austin. The river authority says they’ll likely need to open four more by midday Thursday for a total of eight — a record number open at the dam.