As Hill Country Deals with Record Flooding, More Heavy Rain is On the Way

The Flash Flood Watch has been expanded in the I-35 corridor through 7 PM Thursday

The Flash Flood Watch continues through 7 pm Thursday for  portions of the Hill Country, southern Edwards Plateau, and the Rio  Grande Plains

Threats & Impacts: 

Rainfall:  An additional  widespread 1 to 2 inches of rain within the Flash Flood Watch area, with  isolated areas receiving up to 4 inches of rain. The threat for the  heaviest rainfall will begin early Thursday morning and continue through  Thursday evening.

River Flooding:

Additional rainfall and reservoir releases will cause additional river flooding in the Colorado and Guadalupe River basins. From LCRA: Lake Travis is expected to rise to 705 to 710 feet msl by Friday, Oct. 19.  Forecasts for Lake Travis may rise with additional rainfall, upstream or downstream of Mansfield Dam. Flood  operations are underway at all of the dams along the Highland Lakes –  Buchanan, Inks, Wirtz, Starcke, Travis and Tom Miller. Flooding rains  and historic inflows into the lakes this week are causing fast, high  flows throughout the Highland Lakes. Anyone nearby should be extremely  careful. Because  of the dangerous conditions on the lakes, LCRA has closed lakes  Buchanan, Inks, LBJ, Marble Falls and Travis until further notice.This is a serious flood. Please take precautions to protect people and property. Flooding also continues along the Upper Nueces and Frio basins.

Timing and Overview:

Periods  of heavy are expected to return by Thursday morning and continue  through Thursday evening. The region remains saturated and even what may  seem like low rainfall rates will cause issues in many areas. Rain  chances will extend into Friday and Saturday and there is a chance the  Flash Flood Watch will have to be extended further in time.

Confidence:

Rainfall: Moderate to High

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