flooding http://kut.org en Flash Flood Watch Canceled, All Low Water Crossings Now Open http://kut.org/post/flash-flood-watch-canceled-all-low-water-crossings-now-open <p><strong>Update 6:45 a.m.: </strong>The City of Austin has now opened all of the low water crossings on Spicewood Springs Road around Loop 360. <a href="http://www.atxfloods.com/index.php" target="_blank">Low water crossings</a> at Terry-o Lane near Ben White Boulevard.</p><p>The Lower Colorado River Authority says some rain did fall in the watershed, which will help with low lake levels. Right now, Lakes Travis and Buchanan are still sitting at about 36 percent full.</p><p>Austin Firefighters are blaming lightning on at least three overnight fires – including one at an apartment building in southeast Austin. No one was injured in the fires.</p><p>About 1,500 Austin Energy customers are without power this morning.</p><p> Tue, 13 May 2014 11:47:08 +0000 Matt Largey & Laura Rice 10405 at http://kut.org Flash Flood Watch Canceled, All Low Water Crossings Now Open 11 Weeks After Flooding, Animal Carcasses Removed From Onion Creek (Update) http://kut.org/post/11-weeks-after-flooding-animal-carcasses-removed-onion-creek-update <p><b>Update:&nbsp;</b>Austin Resource Recovery confirms that all 5 horse carcasses on public land were removed Tuesday afternoon.</p><p><strong>Original Post:</strong> More than two months after flooding in Southeast Austin killed several people and caused millions of dollars in damage, the clean up continues. But some things left behind by the floodwaters are particularly disturbing: at least half a dozen dead horses.</p><p>The city has yet to retrieve the bodies of horses killed in the flooding which, in&nbsp;some cases, lie a short distance from people’s homes—people like&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lydia </span>Huerta. She<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says there are moments where the stench from the dead animals is unbearable. Her</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;backyard is directly in front of a city park where some carcasses still remain.</span></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/129557937&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p></p><p><em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>Editor's Note:</strong> You can view photos of some of the animals in question&nbsp;<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/kutaustin/sets/72157639771938076">here</a>, though the photos are gruesome and may not be suitable for some.</span></em> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 16:28:06 +0000 Joy Diaz 9549 at http://kut.org 11 Weeks After Flooding, Animal Carcasses Removed From Onion Creek (Update) How You Can Help Austin's Flood Victims (Update) http://kut.org/post/how-you-can-help-austins-flood-victims-update <p><strong>Update (Monday)</strong>: The city has released new information regarding the <a href="http://kut.org/post/austin-travis-county-works-rebuild-devastating-halloween-floods">Halloween floods that claimed five lives</a>. Here’s some numbers conveying the extent of the damage:</p><ul><li>659: Number of homes damaged</li><li>259: Number of homes that received major damage&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</li><li>15: &nbsp;Number of homes destroyed</li><li>1,300: Tons of debris removed from the affected area</li></ul><p>Residents of southeast and southwest Austin are still in need of help. Fortunately, there’s several ways you can lend a hand.</p><p><strong>Volunteer: </strong></p><p>The Austin Disaster Relief Network is looking for volunteers to help with demolition and cleanup of affected areas. Volunteers are asked to wear jeans, gloves, masks, and hard sole shoes, and bring shovels, utility knives, and hammers if possible.</p><p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 12:38:42 +0000 KUT Staff 9080 at http://kut.org How You Can Help Austin's Flood Victims (Update) Photos: Cleaning Up After Flooding in Dove Springs, Onion Creek http://kut.org/post/photos-cleaning-after-flooding-dove-springs-onion-creek <p></p><p class="p1">Austin and Travis County leaders have declared states of disaster in the wake of last week’s flooding, with&nbsp;more than 600 homes damaged and 37 destroyed. It's the first step in getting federal disaster aid.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Officials and residents are still working to clear away debris, while emergency responders continue to provide shelter, food and help as victims figure out their next steps.</span></p><p class="p1">On South Pleasant Valley Road in Dove Springs, volunteers set up underneath tents along the road handing out everything from blankets and diapers to deodorant. <span class="s2">Neighborhood association president Edward Reyes, says people remaining in their homes could face complications as a result of flood damage.</span></p><p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 22:49:51 +0000 Kate McGee & Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon 9087 at http://kut.org Photos: Cleaning Up After Flooding in Dove Springs, Onion Creek Austin, Travis County Works to Rebuild From Devastating Halloween Floods http://kut.org/post/austin-travis-county-works-rebuild-devastating-halloween-floods <p></p><p><strong>Update (Monday):</strong>&nbsp;Austin Mayor Lee&nbsp;Leffingwell&nbsp;has<a href="http://www.austintexas.gov/edims/document.cfm?id=141963">&nbsp;filed a resolution</a>&nbsp;to declare a state of disaster in Austin in an effort to secure state and federal funding for affected areas.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 21:01:17 +0000 KUT Staff 9056 at http://kut.org Austin, Travis County Works to Rebuild From Devastating Halloween Floods Austin Showers Taper Off; City Opens Roads, Parks Still Closed; APD Officer Killed in Crash http://kut.org/post/austin-showers-taper-city-opens-roads-parks-still-closed-apd-officer-killed-crash <p><strong>Update: </strong>While Central Texas did not receive another deluge of rain like it saw over the weekend, rainfall Tuesday night and Wednesday morning still created dangerous flooding and driving conditions that forced some road closures, and left Austin&rsquo;s parks shuttered until at least later this afternoon.</p><p>An off-duty APD officer died earlier this morning in a collision, according to <a href="http://www.kxan.com/news/local/austin/1-dead-in-wreck-at-us-290-and-sawyer-ranch">KXAN</a>.</p><p>Several low water crossings closed this morning, but as of now, they have all reopened. <a href="http://Austintexas.gov">City of Austin</a> and Travis County officials ask drivers to proceed with caution, and urge drivers not to cross flooded roads. Wed, 16 Oct 2013 18:00:19 +0000 KUT Staff 8943 at http://kut.org Austin Showers Taper Off; City Opens Roads, Parks Still Closed; APD Officer Killed in Crash Heavy Rains Soak Austin, Central Texas; ACL Festival Cancels Final Day http://kut.org/post/heavy-rains-soak-austin-central-texas-acl-festival-cancels-final-day <p>Because of the weather, all of Austin Parks and Recreation systems trails are closed. Parks and Recreation also closed the Barton Springs Pool because of flooding, and all of Austin&#39;s golf courses are also closed. The Austin Police Department is urging limited driving on roads.&nbsp;</p><p>Extreme flooding also impacted the Travis County wastewater lift station. It spilled 500,000&nbsp;gallons&nbsp;of wastewater earlier this morning. The lift station, located at 4504 Travis Country Circle, has been repaired by Austin Water crews. Austin Water urges residents to avoid the area&#39;s creeks, though Austin Water&#39;s drinking water supply isn&#39;t affected. Sun, 13 Oct 2013 13:46:14 +0000 Ben Philpott & Veronica Zaragovia 8919 at http://kut.org Heavy Rains Soak Austin, Central Texas; ACL Festival Cancels Final Day