Flash Flood Watch in effect through 1 p.m. Thursday; three roads closed in county


The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch through 1 p.m. Thursday, May 20 for Gonzales County, as well as Atascosa, Bandera, Bastrop, Bexar, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Comal, De Witt, Fayette, Frio, Gillespie, Guadalupe, Hays, Karnes, Kendall, Kerr, Lavaca, Lee, Llano,
Medina, Travis, Williamson, and Wilson.

In Gonzales County, FM 532 at Peach Creek is closed, as are FM 1116 near the salt flats, and FM 108 south of Smiley.

According to Emergency Management Coordinator Jimmy Harless, the water levels are being monitored for both the Guadalupe and San Marcos rivers, which confluence in Gonzales by Independence Park. 

Harless said the rivers are at the "Action Level" thus far, but that could change depending on the amount of rain soaking the area over the next 24 hours or so. 

Rainfall is expected to be between 2 to 4 inches are expected with
isolated higher totals up to 6 inches possible. The heavy rainfall could lead to flash flooding of low lying buildings, creeks, streams, and roads.

Harless also recommended that drivers check out drivetexas.org, which has road updates for the Gonzales County and surrounding areas. 

Update from LaCava County

LaCavaCounty Commissioners have reported road washouts, trees over the roads, partially or completely blocking the roadways, and water over road across the county. County crews will be checking the roads during and after the flooding event, making repairs as quickly as possible. CR 198 at Lavaca River Bridge is under water. Bridge Damage Washout on CR 260. CR158 partially washed out near Spanish Bit Ranch.

Please note that there are a lot of miles of county road across Lavaca County, and crews may not be able to arrive to all high water crossings immediately. We are asking for your patience and to not drive or walk  into flooded waters, in addition, please report water over roads (in Lavaca County) to Lavaca County Sheriffs Office dispatch at (361) 798-2121.

For TxDOT Maintained road Conditions, visit:  drivetexas.org Moulton ISD has canceled classes for today. Hallettsville, Vysehrad, and Sweet Home had a delayed start at 10 a.m. Overnight, Lavaca County OEM, and TDEM surveyed sites near Vsetin, Sublime, and Mont, due to storm damage. NWS Austin/San Antonio will be in this week to determine and verify wind and/or tornado damage. Texas A&M Task Force 1 Search and Rescue staged overnight at Lavaca County Sheriffs Office.