Austin lies in the heart of Flash Flood Alley, and it is critical that you be alert to the dangers of flooding both in your home and on the road.
Rushing water has tremendous power. Taking the following steps during a storm can help you stay safe:
Be alert to your surroundings.
Monitor local media.
Stay away from creeks, trails, culverts, ponds and other drainage infrastructure.
If water starts to rise, seek higher ground. This may mean getting on your roof.
Austin's Roads Flood in a Flash Video
If you must drive...
About 75% of flood-related deaths in Texas occur in vehicles. At night, during heavy storms, it may be difficult to see that a road is flooded. Survivors have told us that they did not even see water on the road until their vehicle stalled in it.
Realizing that not all flooded roads will be barricaded, take the following precautions: