Well, It’s Floodin’ Down in Texas…

Well, It’s Floodin’ Down in Texas…

Today, Thursday, October 18, 2018 the Lower Colorado River Authority is slated to open the Mansfield Dam floodgates above Lake Austin. This will have a great impact on our area. Check out KUT’s coverage for context and some resources.

This week’s rain events, compounded by severe flooding in the Highland Lakes have created the need to open the eight gates. The Central Texas Hill Country is no stranger to natural disaster. Of course, further rain storms may present even more threats from flooding right here in Austin. Here’s a list of resources for you to keep up-to-date and safe.

GENERAL FLOODING INFO

HSEM: City of Austin Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management    @AustinHSEM 
This City of Austin site has a terrific FAQ for disaster relief basics

Warn Central Texas
Don’t be left in the dark. Sign up with the Capital Area Council of Governments (CAPCOG) for emergency alerts to be delivered to any device

ATX Floods
Turn around, don’t drown, with this amazing real-time resource of open and closed low water crossings @ATXfloods 

City of Austin
Check our social media regularly for updates during a storm event    @AustinTexasGov

National Weather Service
Check the general alerts or input your ZIP Code for updates specific to your area   @NWS

Texas Storm Chasers
Another fine source of up-to-date info     @TxStormChasers

Hill Country Flooding & Weather Alerts
An invaluable resource during the infamous Central TX Floods of 2015, updated for 2018 for the recent Central Texas floods

IN CASE WE EXPERIENCE LOCAL FLOODING

Austin Animal Center: Foster Care Application
In most major storms and aftermath, there is a need for pet foster care. Get your application in now!

Safe & Well List
Register if you are safe or search for loved ones on this Red Cross website

•  2-1-1   •   3-1-1   •   9-1-1
Do you know the difference between these info outlets? In a nutshell:
• 9-1-1: Urgent emergencies ONLY
• 3-1-1: Ambassadors answer your calls, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, for any question/issue regarding City of Austin departments/services
• 2-1-1: Texas Health & Human Services and the United Way collaborate to help Texas citizens connect with the services: Health, Housing, Food, and more

Stay tuned and bookmark us! We’ll update our site and social media as we learn more about its impact.

Would you like to help us help our community? Send resource suggestions to: kate.messer@austintexas.gov and we’ll add it to the list as we can.

– image screenshot from warncentraltexas.org