Flash Flood Watch expired for Austin area, will remain for Northern Counties


Flash Flood Watch is over for the Austin area. Northern Counties will keep it until 1 a.m. Thursday.

The National Weather Service has issued the Flash Flood Watch for Central Texas until 7 p.m. Wednesday and the city and the state are taking some necessary precautions to keep people safe.

Besides Travis and Williamson Counties, the Flash Flood Watch is in effect for Bastrop, Bell, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Fayette, Gillespie, Guadalupe, Hays, Lampasas, Lee, Llano, Mason, Milam and San Saba as well.

Flooding continues to be a concern and many low water crossings are closed.

On Tuesday night, Austin Parks and Recreation made the decision to keep the Barton Creek Greenbelt closed. The move is due to safety concerns for hikers and bikers as more wet weather is expected in Central Texas. They plan to monitor weather conditions and release an update later today.

Meanwhile, the state is making preps of their own to make sure they're ready for any flash flooding.

Two of the state's air rescue teams are stationed at ABIA in case of flash flooding.

Whenever there is a rescue the Texas Army National Guard pilots fly the helicopters while Texas Task Force One supplies the rescuers. They all started preparing late last week and are on standby.

Governor Greg Abbott toured the state operations center Tuesday as agencies monitor weather conditions. Abbott stressed that he wants Texans to listen to local first responders especially if they're calling for people to evacuate.

The helicopter teams at ABIA can respond to a call in a matter of minutes. But they are reminding people to keep an eye on the forecast and if you see a low water crossing that is closed do not go around the barricade. It's there for a reason.

To check up to minute road closures and current flood information you can head to ATXfloods here.

Lee County has been one of the hardest hit areas from this week's storms and residents are preparing for another rain event. Emergency management expects one to three inches of rain and up to five inches in some isolated spots.

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