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The National Weather Service has issued a sweeping tornado watch for 61 counties in Texas including Hays and Caldwell counties. The watch is in effect until midnight.
Other counties under the tornado watch include: Anderson, Angelina, Austin, Bastrop, Bell, Brazoria, Brazos, Burleson, Burnett, Chamber, Cherokee, Colorado, Coryell, DeWitt, Falls, Fayette, Fort Bend, Freestone, Galveston, Gonzalez and Grimes counties.
Also, Hardin, Harris, Henderson, Houston, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Lampasas, Lavaca, Lee, Leon, Liberty, Limestone, McLennan, Madison, Matagorda, Milam and Montgomery counties. Also, Nacogdoches, Navarro, Newton, Orange, Panola, Polk, Robertson, Rusk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby, Travis, Trinity, Tyler, Walker, Waller, Washington, Wharton and Williamson counties.
This just in from Hays County spokesperson Laureen Chernow:
2:07 p.m. TUESDAY, JUNE 16: Hays County elected officials and department heads continue to monitor the track of Tropical Storm Bill and potential weather issues from that storm.
Required personnel are on standby should the need arise to activate the Emergency Operations Center. While localized heavy rain is possible, at this time the rainfall is not expected to cause a rapid rise in area streams and rivers such as the Memorial Weekend flood of the Blanco River. Ground is saturated and flood-prone areas may flood as well as some areas that are not frequently flooded.
No evacuations of low-lying areas have been recommended at this time. Residents and visitors are reminded to be vigilant about the weather and the potential for flooding in their areas. Law enforcement personnel are reminding residents to remain vigilant by going door-to-door in areas that have seen recent flooding. Emergency Management officials strongly urge residents throughout Hays County to monitor weather conditions and to register for emergency alerts by cell phone, email or landline at http://alertregistration.com/capcog/
Flood gauges along the Blanco River that were damaged by the Memorial Weekend floods have been replaced by authorities and additional volunteer rain monitoring points in the county will provide information about rainfall in specific areas.
The Hays County Transportation Department has pre-set barricades at specific locations in order to quickly barricade flooded areas. Do not go around barricades – it could cost you your life and endanger first responders. It is also a Class B misdemeanor punishable by jail time and/or a hefty fine.
Avoid driving on roads with water covering them as only a few inches of water can cause a vehicle to float. Roads reported to Hays County as closed are listed at www.haysinformed.com along with other emergency information.
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UPDATED 9:51 P.M. JUNE 15: Hays County emergency management officials say they are in contact with the National Weather Service about the potential impact of Tropical Storm Bill for local creeks and rivers.
“The NWS expects to have a more concise idea within the next 24 hours of the direction the [tropical storm] might take,” emergency management officials said this afternoon in a written statement.
Flood gauges on the Blanco River damaged by the Memorial Day weekend floods have been repaired and volunteers will provide rainfall totals from scattered monitoring points to the Hays County emergency management coordinator. County road crews have delivered barricades where they can be quickly erected at low-water crossings most prone to flooding.
Meanwhile, crews continue the search for four-year-old Leighton McComb and six-year-old William Charba, the last unrecovered victims of historic flooding along the Blanco River flood three weeks ago. On Sunday, June 14, scores of searchers, including sixteen canine teams, participated in the effort.
Officials said possible heavy rains carried by Tropical Storm Bill could hamper search efforts and “decisions about the movement of teams and heavy equipment will be made as weather indicates.”
Sign up for emergency notifications from the Capital Area Council of Government’s Regional Notification System.
Check for closed roads and low-water crossings at the county’s Hays Informed website.
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