by BRAD ROLLINS
KYLE — Hays County officials are urging residents along Porter and Plum creeks east of Kyle to be prepared to evacuate their homes during an ongoing emergency discharge of water from a rain-swollen reservoir.
At 5 p.m. June 1, officials began warning people that recent rains had over-filled a small manmade lake located near the intersection of Goforth and High roads, forcing the Plum Creek Water Conservation District to release water into Porter Creek, a tributary of Plum Creek.
Properties downstream of the reservoir along Cotton Gin, Bunton Lane, Dacy Lane, South Plum Creek, and Gristmill roads are in possible danger of flooding as a result of the discharge, officials said.
Officials, including first responders, will closely monitor the situation during the next few days, Hays County Pct. 2 Commissioner Mark Jones told the San Marcos Mercury at about 8 p.m. Wednesday.
“Right now, things are going the way they should go. So we don’t think we’re going to have to evacuate at this point,” Jones said.
Hays and Caldwell counties are under a National Weather Service flood watch through 7 a.m. Friday, June 3. The area can expect averages of three to five inches of rainfall with some areas receiving as much as 10 inches, the weather service states.
Hays County officials advise residents near Plum Creek Water Conservation District Reservoir No. 6 to take these precautions:
5:05 a.m. THURSDAY, JUNE 2:
FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE:
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THE FLASH FLOOD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 700 AM CDT FOR SOUTHERN CALDWELL… SOUTHEASTERN COMAL… CENTRAL GONZALES… GUADALUPE AND SOUTH CENTRAL HAYS COUNTIES…
AT 450 AM CDT…DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A BAND OF THUNDERSTORMS PRODUCING HEAVY RAIN MOVING NORTH ACROSS THE WARNED AREA. UP TO ONE INCH OF RAIN HAS ALREADY FALLEN. FLASH FLOODING IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN SHORTLY.
SOME LOCATIONS THAT WILL EXPERIENCE FLOODING INCLUDE… NEW BRAUNFELS… SAN MARCOS… SEGUIN… GONZALES… LULING… SANTA CLARA … STAPLES … GERONIMO… MCQUEENEY… KINGSBURY… PALMETO… ZORN… FENTRESS… WRIGHTSBORO… SOLMS… BELMONT… THOMPSONVILLE… MONTHALIA… REDWOOD AND OTTINE.
ADDITIONAL RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 1 TO 2 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE IN THE WARNED AREA.
BE ESPECIALLY CAUTIOUS AT NIGHT WHEN IT IS HARDER TO RECOGNIZE THE DANGERS OF FLOODING.
A FLASH FLOOD WARNING MEANS THAT FLOODING IS IMMINENT OR OCCURRING. IF YOU ARE IN THE WARNED AREA MOVE TO HIGHER GROUND IMMEDIATELY. RESIDENTS LIVING ALONG STREAMS AND CREEKS SHOULD TAKE IMMEDIATE PRECAUTIONS TO PROTECT LIFE AND PROPERTY.