Major flooding headed for areas along Colorado River in Central Texas




Posted on November 1, 2013 at 9:41 AM

AUSTIN –– The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for residents near the Colorado River, specifically in Bastrop, Smithville and La Grange.

The Bastrop County Office of Emergency Management suggests the Colorado River will crest around 8 a.m. Friday.

Bastrop County Judge Paul Pape says he doesn't expect water to get inside homes. The Bastrop County Sheriff's Office says there aren't mandatory evacuations in Texas, so evacuations are just a "friendly suggestion."

Several hundred people live in the most flood-prone areas of Hidden Shores, Pecan Shores and Kirtley.

The Bastrop County Sheriff’s Department is working with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, which has several of their boats on standby just in case of needed rescues.

Over the last 40 years, the river has come into Clyde Haywood's home twice. He's now preparing for a third flood.

"That water's going to sweep through here, and if it sweeps through here if nothing's not tied down or chained down, it'll be down that river," Haywood told KVUE Friday morning.

Many residents packed up and left their homes Thursday night.

The National Weather Service believes the river will start to recede around 7 p.m. Friday.

The Colorado River in Smithville is expected to peak at 25 feet by Saturday morning. Residents can expect moderate flooding.

Just before 4 p.m. Thursday Smithville Police Department sent text message alerts to residents asking them to evacuate the Pecan Shores subdivision. Smithville residents can sign up for mobile alerts regarding evacuations and emergency situations here.

The Colorado River is also expected to peak at 35.4 feet in La Grange by Saturday night.

Luling residents also need to watch out Thursday night as the San Marcos River is expected to peak at 34 feet by midnight.

Residents near the river should pay close attention to the latest forecasts over the next few days and be prepared to evacuate.

Do not drive automobiles through flooded areas. Remember to turn around, don't drown.

For river stages and forecasts visit the National Weather Service's website.