2 rescued, roads re-opening as floodwaters recede

Heavy rains in Comal, Hays counties flood rivers, towns

Author: Van Darden, Web Editor, vdarden@ksat.com
Published On: Oct 31 2013 12:39:32 PM CDT   Updated On: Oct 31 2013 05:21:45 PM CDT
BUDA, Texas -

Emergency personnel in a helicopter hoisted a man and a woman from trees after their SUV was swept away during Central Texas storms and flooding.

Officials with the Buda Fire Department, about 10 miles south of Austin, say both victims suffered lacerations and the man broke his nose. Capt. Craig Odell says the couple should recover after also being treated for hypothermia following the rescue early Thursday.

The woman lives near Little Bear Creek, which flooded after storms began Wednesday. Their wrecked SUV ended up near a bridge. The man was in one tree and the woman in another, about 150 yards downstream.

A rescuer in a harness reached the victims, who say they'd been in the trees -- about 10 feet above the water -- for several hours.

Heavy rains in Comal County flood rivers, towns

Meanwhile, further south down Interstate 35 in and around San Marcos and New Braunfels, the swollen Blanco and San Marcos rivers caused additional early morning flooded and evacuations.

Nearly 100 people took shelter at the San Marcos Activity Center, in the 500 block of E. Hopkins, overnight.

Roads that had been closed due to high waters were beginning to re-open Thursday morning as the skies cleared and floodwaters receded.

Heavy rain overnight in Hays County caused flooding and evacuations along the Blanco in San Marcos, including along River Road.  The Blanco was expected to crest in San Marcos around 8 a.m. 

Evacuations by boat were reported, but no details about those rescued were immediately available. However, no injuries were reported.

Images: Comal, Hays flooding

Published On: Oct 31 2013 02:50:45 PM CDT   Updated On: Oct 31 2013 03:05:09 PM CDT

Pictures of flooding in Hays and Comal counties taken by KSAT reporter Katrina Webber and from KSAT's Sky12 helicopter.

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The water damage to the park.