Texas community absorbs 10 inches of rain in a few hours
Austin, Texas — A community just outside of Austin, Texas, was pounded by about 10 inches of rain over a few hours early Tuesday, causing flash floods and leaving at least 15 residences surrounded by water, a Texas emergency management official told CNN.
Webberville, Texas, near the western edge of Bastrop County, received about 10 inches of rain starting around 5 a.m., according to Mike Fisher, the county's emergency management coordinator.
"Residents at the end of the subdivision are our concern right now, if anybody's home. So far we don't have any reports of injuries," Fisher said. At midmorning, the water had not yet started receding, he added.
At least four residences had been evacuated, but it was unclear how many people were affected by the flooding, he said.
"It was a slow-moving thunderstorm that came through in that one particular little spot of Webberville," Fisher said.
In late 2011, Bastrop County was the site of a vicious wildfire. The Bastrop Complex fire torched more than 1,500 homes and 34,000 acres of land as firefighters worked for weeks to contain it.