Floods destroy bridge, force evacuations in Central Texas

Flooding along the Llano River reached 30 feet above flood stage this morning nearly breaking a record

Near-record flood levels swamped homes and caused a bridge to collapse.

One body was pulled from the Colorado River in Burnet County while Llano County officials confirmed the discovery of a second body on Tuesday. A flash flood warning was in effect.

The lake is situated where the Llano (LA'-noh) and Colorado rivers meet.

The river isn't expected to drop below major flood stage until Wednesday.

Homes also were being evacuated in nearby Granite Shoals and people were sheltering at a middle school.

In a statement, he said: "Texas is taking immediate action to respond to the threat of recent severe weather and flooding across the state".

Dillard says there haven't been other reports of deaths or injuries in the county.

The governor's warning came little more than a week after four people were washed away when the South Llano River, which becomes the Llano River downstream, overran an RV park in Junction.

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The body was recovered on Standstone and Flag Street Tuesday night.

Fire officials in Austin have temporarily banned all boating along the city's waterways as heavy rain and flooding create unsafe conditions.

Heavy rains have swollen Central Texas rivers, sending water over bridges, threatening riverside structures and prompting recommendations for area residents to evacuate.

The flooded communities are about a 90-minute drive northwest of Austin.

At least two people are known to have died. The record crest level is 12.6 metres set in June 1935.

A few miles away, in Kingsland, the swollen river rushed against the top of the RM 2900 bridge for hours, eventually causing it to collapse, video from CNN affiliate KEYE showed.

In 24 hours, the river rose to 12 metres, some 10m higher than the day before, and around 5.5 metres above major flood stage.

Patricia Sanchez, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Fort Worth, said the transition from fall to winter usually brings elevated levels of rainfall - but nothing compared to the amount of precipitation over the last month.

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