Storm rolls into Burnet County

A thunderstorm rolls into Burnet County Wednesday evening as seen across Lake Marble Falls. The county is under flash flood watch Thursday, May 19, until 10 p.m.

BY ALEXANDRIA RANDOLPH/BURNET BULLETIN

The Highland Lakes area is under a flash flood watch until Thursday at 10 p.m.

The National Weather Service Austin/San Antonio issued a flash flood watch for Llano, Burnet, Williamson, Blanco, Travis and a number of surrounding counties early Thursday morning.

Meteorologists stated that the watch continues for all of south Central Texas.

“Locally heavy rainfall is expected for much of today and early evening as an upper level disturbance pushes across the area and interact with a surface stationary boundary just to the south of highway 90. One to three inches of rainfall are expected over already saturated grounds due to recent heavy rain episodes. Flash flooding is possible.”

The major concern is runoff from highly saturated ground.

“Soils are already very saturated and most of the rain will runoff into area creeks, streams and low lying areas,” the watch read.

Llano County Department of Land Development and Emergency Management reported on social media that the Llano River is expected to rise in the next in the next 24 hours as water from Junction makes its way into Llano County.

“Much of that water is already at Mason and due for our area in the coming hours,” officials said. “Be especially careful around the low water crossings and slab roads as they will be overflowing. If there are any road closures we will let you know. Always remember- Turn Around Don't Drown!”
An update Wednesday afternoon reported that the water coming from Mason had not yet arrived but “is certainly on its way. With more rain forecast flash flood and swollen river conditions will be possible for at least the next 24 hours. Please stay aware and exercise extreme caution when approaching or crossing low water areas,” Llano County officials said.

See this webpage for updates as they become available. 

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