Flash Floods in Central Texas

Strong storms and heavy rainfall left huge areas of central and south east Texas suffering from severe floods. At least two people have been reported as killed. Flood warnings have nbeen issued for as many as 10 counties in Texas.

Emergency resuce teams, including some in boats and helicopters, were called upon to help more than 100 victims of the storms and floods, some of whom were stranded in their vehicles or had taken refuge on the roof of their homes.

The area around Austin, Texas, was the worst hit, although Houston did also suffer from some severe weather. Areas across Austin and the central Texas regionsaw huge amounts of rainfall in less than 24 hours.

Below is a list and map of the rainfall totals in the 24 hour period from around noon 30th October to noon 31st October 2013 in the worst affected areas:

  • Wimberley – 12.50 inches, 31.75 cm
  • Driftwood – 11.50 inches, 29.21 cm
  • Spring Branch – 11.50 inches, 29.21 cm
  • North Canyon Lake Dam – 11.00 inches, 27.94 cm
  • Woodcreek – 10.50 inches, 26.67 cm
  • Kyle – 9.50 inches, 24.13 cm
  • Round Rock – 9.50 inches, 24.13 cm
  • Jollyville – 9.50 inches, 24.13 cm
  • Hutto – 9.00 inches, 22.86 cm
  • Wells Branch – 9.00 inches, 22.86 cm
  • West Lake Hills – 9.00 inches, 22.86 cm
  • Austin Great Hills – 9.00 inches, 22.86 cm
  • Mountain City – 8.00 inches, 20.32 cm

Map of Flood Affected Areas in Central Texas

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Source: NOAA

Austin also suffered from some severe flooding earlier this month. On 13th October, 2013. Barton Springs, north of the city, received 12.1 inches of rain (over 30cm) and down town Austin itself saw 10.6 inches (nearly 27cm). The world famous Austin City Limits Music Festival had to be cancelled as a result.