Central Texas braces for Bill

*Update* Shortly after 12:40 Wednesday morning, the National Hurricane Center announced Tropical Storm Bill has been downgraded from a Tropical Storm to a Tropical Depression but the flood threat still looms.

A Flash Flood watch is still in effect for our area until Thursday.

Preparations in Austin include emergency responders with boat teams spread throughout the city.

They are ready, so are business owners along Shoal Creek.

The business closed its doors early tonight at 8:30.

Staff is now setting up sand bags inside around the doors to prevent what happened here on Memorial Day.

Surveillance video from inside the restaurant shows the power of the flood water swirling around the tables and chairs then knocking over a wall.

That's why not only this restaurant, but other nearby businesses like goodwill took action setting up sandbags by the doors and closing early.

As far as first responders and their preparations, the Austin Fire Department added five boat teams, five brush truck teams and more dispatchers.

The additional staffing will stay on throughout the night.

Austin-Travis County EMS has four boat teams ready to go.

Paramedics have spent the past two weeks doing training in New Braunfels. A spokesperson told us today that they are ready for bill.

"All of our equipment is performing very well. Our people are rested. They're trained and want nothing more than people not get in the water and them have to use those skills," said Div. Chief Mikel Kane with ATCEMS.

First responders urge you to stay home tonight as they fear streets that do not typically flood just might with this tropical storm.

Areas in Williamson County along the I-35 corridor are being watched closely.

Officials say they could get up to six inches of rain and that could cause flash flooding.


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