Raging floods destroy bridge over Texas river

Flash Flooding Emergency Declared River Near Historic Level in Texas

Flash Flooding Emergency Declared River Near Historic Level in Texas

The Llano River is still roaring and still causing havoc to communities.

Residents were evacuated from homes Tuesday in Kingsland and in nearby Marble Falls, which was being overwhelmed by the Colorado River.

A flash flood warning was put into effect, and forecasters described it as a "very risky situation". It was just after 9:00 a.m. when the FM 2900 bridge in Kingsland collapsed, sending chunks rushing down the river.

"Right now, the Llano River is at about 12 ½ feet, down from just shy of 40 feet yesterday", Llano County Emergency Management Coordinator Ron Anderson said Wednesday. Several school districts closed for the day, and emergency personnel blocked access to more than 150 low-water crossings.

KVUE said that people living along the Llano River are now being evacuated from their homes. Video that she posted to Instagram showed water rising to the top of boat dock structures.

Since Monday, more than 10 inches of rain has fallen in parts of the the Llano River Watershed, according to the National Weather Service.

Gov. 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'.

Authorities said it does not to appear to be a person missing from the South Llano River flooding in Junction more than a week ago.

Officials say the body was recovered in Llano Tuesday night.

Major flooding in Marble Falls forced people from their homes as massive amounts of water poured over the Starcke Dam, dragging large debris. He called the situation "absolutely hazardous" and said law enforcement would be on patrol.

The river at the city of Llano was over 39 feet as of 6:30 a.m. local time and expected to crest around 41 feet, according to the National Weather Service.

Heavy rains are also impacting other parts of the state with flood warnings issued for areas north of Houston. "Seek higher ground!" the National Weather Service tweeted.

Forecasts suggest the sustained rains could continue over the next two days.

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