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Brushy Creek

This flood incident took place less than 25 miles from one the highest recorded rainfall rates in the world.
Neither Brushy Creek, nor the bridge is marked in any way. And, other than guardrails, this creek is basically imperceptible to approaching drivers. This woman was rescued after hanging on to a tree for more than an hour in the rushing water. The bodies of the two other motorists were found the following day, one 6 and a half miles downstream.

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Protect Your Life

The majority of flood-related deaths are caused by people attempting to drive through moving water. This interactive segment explains the most common ways people die in these situations.

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The Texas Challenge

Texas is prone to extremely heavy rains and flooding with half of the world record rainfall rates (48 hours or less). Central Texas (known as Flash Flood Alley) is particularly vulnerable because storms stall out along the Balcones escarpment.

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Flood Proofing, A Success Story

This building site had previously been devastated by flood. The new owner worked with the City of Austin to flood-proof the structure. The first line of defense is a 4 foot rubber membrane that was tied into the foundation as it was rebuilt. The glass in the store front is reinforced to prevent breakage. And the electrical systems were elevated for obvious reasons. Another touch is a cable surrounding the parking lot to keep floating cars from washing into Shoal Creek, a major problem in past floods.

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The Lower Colorado River Authority and the Central Texas "Christmas Flood" of 1991

The dramatic “Christmas Flood” of 1991 highlighted how LCRA manages the Colorado River and Highland Lake system during major flood events. This was a major event that impacted hundreds of homeowners along the watershed. Lake Travis, which had to perform its job as a flood storage area, was hit particulary hard. During such floods, LCRA directs river operations from its headquarters, where careful monitoring dictates a quick and judicious response in the operation of the dams.

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