Aug 23, 2022 - News

Floodwaters drench Austin

A screenshot of a flood warning issued by the National Weather Service
Screenshot of flood warning issued by the National Weather Service.

Monday reminded Austin why we're known as the heart of "Flash Flood Alley."

Driving the news: Months of drought gave way to an absolutely drenched Monday, as buckets of rain fell across Central Texas, making for a skittish afternoon commute.

  • Austin ISD delayed buses home from schools until storms passed over.

By the numbers: Roughly four inches fell in a two-hour stretch Monday afternoon near the intersection of MoPac and Far West Boulevard.

  • That's more than fell over the entire period of June 1 to Sunday.

Yes, but: At least we weren't hit with rainfall totals that are considered a 1-in-1,000-year flood, as was the case in North Texas.

What they're saying: "We hopefully won’t get too much too fast, but we'll take what we can get," Matt Brady, a National Weather Service meteorologist stationed in New Braunfels, tells Axios.

Between the lines: "Despite antecedent drought conditions, heavy rainfall rates from thunderstorms could still quickly overcome low water crossings and local roadways," the National Weather Service warned on Twitter ahead of a flood watch that extends through today. "NEVER drive into floodwaters. It is impossible to know how deep the water is just by looking at it."

What's next: An "unsettled, wet weather pattern" will hover over Austin as a cold front remains stalled over the region, per meteorologist Bob Rose of the Lower Colorado River Authority, which manages the river that cuts through Austin.

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