Body found in rain-swollen lake amid Texas flooding

Flooding along the Llano River reached 30 feet above flood stage this morning nearly breaking a record

Flooding along the Llano River reached 30 feet above flood stage this morning nearly breaking a record. Courtesy of TxDOT

Heavy rains have swollen Central Texas rivers, sending water over bridges, threatening riverside structures and prompting recommendations for area residents to evacuate.

The Llano River rose to almost 40 feet Tuesday in the city of Llano - about 35 feet higher than it was just 24 hours earlier - after 8 to 10 inches of rain fell in the area over the past two days, the National Weather Service said.

They are Travis, Williamson, Bastrop, Llano, Burnet, Colorado, Fayette, Hood, Jim Wells, Kerr, Kimble, La Salle, Live Oak, Mason, McMullen, Nueces, Real and San Patricio. Major flood stage is 23 feet (7 meters); it's not expected to drop below major flood stage until Wednesday.

"Major flooding is ongoing", it said, calling the situation "dangerous".

The National Weather Service warned that the river at Llano, about 105km northwest of Austin, rose to near-record levels on Tuesday morning.

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

Fire officials in Austin have temporarily banned all boating along the city's waterways as heavy rain and flooding create risky conditions. Forecasters describe it as a "very unsafe situation".

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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. The record crest level is 12.6 metres set in June 1935. Three bodies have been recovered.

In addition to the evacuations, several school districts closed for the day and emergency personnel blocked access to more than 150 low-water crossings.

Officials shut down a bridge over the Colorado river after one person died.

Other parts of the state also suffered due to heavy rain.

More than 250 mm of rain has fallen in the region since early Monday, causing the river level in the city to rise some 25 feet in less than 12 hours.

The Llano River flows between the washed out Ranch Road 2900 bridge in Kingsland, Texas.

Last week, four men were swept away by floodwaters in the city of Junction.

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