LLANO, Texas –
A corpse was found in a sweltering lake in central Texas after fast-moving bodies of water destroyed a bridge, forced evacuation of houses along the river, and led to numerous water rescue operations on Tuesday after heavy days
Video shows the bridge crumbling as it was overrun by the bloated, rushing Llano River in Kingsland, about 65 miles northwest of Austin. The rivers Llano and Colorado meet in Kingsland, and the National Weather Service said they both experienced "big floods".
The body was found in Lake Lyndon B. Johnson, where the Llano flows into the Colorado River. Local officials say they still need to identify the person, but many homes along the lake and the rivers have been flooded. A flood warning was in effect.
Residents were evacuated from homes in Kingsland and nearby marble Falls, which were overgrown by the Colorado River. Several school districts closed for the day, and emergency personnel blocked access to more than 1
Bill and Laura Villella awoke about 12 inches of water early Tuesday in their home in Llano, a town just northwest of Kingsland. The rising water forced her to stand on the kitchen counter before the rescue crew in a boat escorted her to safety.
"We really did not think it would go that high," Bill Villella told the Austin American-Statesman. His wife added, "I've been through a lot in my life, but that's the worst thing I've ever experienced."
Gov. Greg Abbott issued a statement demanding that "all Texans should take their safety into their own hands by closely observing changing weather conditions and following warnings from local officials."
The Governor's warning came just over a week after four people were washed away by the South Llano River, which becomes downstream to the Llano River, towering over a RV park in Junction, Texas. Three bodies were recovered. The search for the fourth was stopped because of the heavy rain.
The corpse found on Tuesday does not seem to be the person who still lacks the RV Park, which is about 90 miles away along the South Llano River, said Burnet Sheriff's Captain Tom Dillard  Flooding sweeping RV Park in Texas Hill Country
The most dramatic scenes took place on Tuesday in Marble Falls, where an extraordinary amount of water flowed down the Starcke Dam, the river docks and other large ones Debris with him.
Houses were also evacuated in nearby Granite Shoals, and people were sheltering in a middle school.
Water levels along the Llano River near Llano have dropped but are still well above the flood stage. The level rose to just under 40 feet on Tuesday, but fell during the morning and settled according to the National Weather Service to just over 35 feet. The big flood level is 23 feet, and the river is not expected to fall below this level until Wednesday.
Heavy rains also hit other parts of the state.
Flood warnings issued for areas north of Houston The Fort Worth Fire Department said that it had responded to 80 traffic accidents that were blamed on Tuesday morning on bad roads and poor visibility. Dallas officials said the rain caused sewer drains in several parts of the city, but added that its water supply was not affected.
In Austin, firefighters temporarily banished all watercraft. The Texas Department of Transportation also reported flooding in Kerr County, northwest of San Antonio and other parts of Texas Hill Country. The Guadalupe River near Comfort, northwest of San Antonio, was expected to rise from about 5 feet to over 28 feet.
Patricia Sanchez, meteorologist at Fort Worth's National Weather Service, said the transition from fall to winter usually results in increased rainfall – but nothing compared to the amount of rainfall last month.
"The ongoing rainfalls and the extraordinary amount are of course not normal," she said. "Not for this season."
Recent tropical Gulf of Mexico systems and moisture are contributing to the amount of rain that Texas has seen, she said. Light to moderate rain will continue for the next few days, but rejuvenate as the weekend approaches,
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