Central Texas flooding: Death toll rises as rescues continue

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

Floodwaters in parts of central Texas prompted evacuations as some areas were hit by more than 300mm on Tuesday. It is not expected to drop below major flood stage until later on Wednesday.

Between midnight and 6 a.m. the river rose from nearly 16-and-half feet to over 39 feet, according to the National Weather Service.

Llano County is located about 65 miles northwest of Austin, the state capital of Texas.

In the video below, you can see the moment that the bridge collapsed. The bloated Llano River overran the FM 2900 bridge, sending chunks of concrete and metal rushing down the river.

Gov. Greg Abbot on Tuesday issued a state disaster declaration for 18 counties affected by the flooding, including Llano County.

Just because the Llano River is going down "does not mean that it is not hazardous out there", he said. The Llano River is still roaring and still causing havoc to communities.

Water rescues were reported to be underway through parts of Texas Hill Country, according to local media sources, and flash flood warnings remain in effect.

Water levels along the Llano River at Llano have subsided but are still well above major flood stage.

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The Llano River flows past one sides of Ranch Road 2900 bridge after the bridge was washed out.

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

In nearby Marble Falls, Dale Heath recorded video of a vehicle stuck in rushing water from a swollen Backbone Creek, a Colorado River tributary.

Authorities said it does not to appear to be a person missing from the South Llano River flooding in Junction more than a week ago.

At least two people are known to have died.

The Llano River's crest of 39.91 feet in Llano was just below the record high of 41.5 feet there in June 1935.

More than 250 mm of rain has fallen in the region since early Monday, causing the river level in the city to rise some 25 feet in less than 12 hours.

Officials say the body was recovered in Llano Tuesday night.

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