Hazardous flooding reported across Taylor County

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TAYLOR COUNTY, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – Hazardous flooding is reported in several areas across Taylor County Wednesday morning. 

Merkel police say S 5th Street between Ash Street and Trundy Street is closed due to high water, and other roads in town, such as Ash Street from S 2nd to S 7th Street, have some flooding but are passable with caution. 

The south Taylor County region between Buffalo Gap and Tuscola is seeing some flooding on FM 613, and there is a power line down on CR 204. 

CR 355 has also flooded across the tracks, stranding a train until conditions improve. 

KTAB and KRBC are also hearing of flooding in the Tye area, specifically around FM 707.

The Taylor County Sheriff’s Office says, “remember to not cross roads covered in water. ‘Turn around, Don’t drown’ and [remember] that it is illegal to go around barricades.”

Driving through high water should be avoided if possible, but if there is no other option, please heed this advice from the Texas Department of Transportation: 

  • Be cautious when traveling through flood-prone areas. Flash floods can come rapidly and unexpectedly—within a few minutes or hours of excessive rainfall. Flash flooding is common in many areas of Texas, especially the Texas Hill Country.
  • Turn on your headlights and slow down, allowing extra distance for braking.
  • Never attempt to drive through flooded roadways. Water covering roadways may hide washed-out bridges or gouged-out roadbeds, and even in relatively shallow water, tires can act as flotation devices, lifting up big vehicles and sending them downstream. It takes only two feet of water to float a 3,000-pound car.

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