Evacuations Underway in Austin Due to Flooding

Days of heavy rainfall triggered more flash flooding in Austin forcing evacuations and rescues as rising water threatened homes.

EMS spokesman Mike Benevides told the Austin American-Statesman that crews used boats and helicopters to rescue some residents and were crews conducted door-to-door searches.

A man was rescued after Shoal Creek spilled its banks and flooded House Park. Emergency crews used a swift water rescue boat to get to the man, he was taken to higher ground and checked out by medics.

At House Park's stadium, flood waters reached several rows up into the bleachers.

Cars and people were stranded along a busy section of highway and some cars were swept away by rising flood waters.

Along Waller Creek at 6th Street there were more than 20 high water rescues Monday, which became the wettest day in Austin history.

It wasn't immediately clear how many rescues had been conducted across Austin. There were no immediate reports of injuries.

The evacuations come after a long holiday weekend that saw severe weather that led to at least four deaths across the state.

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