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.

Save Yourself!

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.
  • Avoid driving.
  • 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.

Flash Flood Alley: Swept Away



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:

  • Check for known, flooded roads.
  • Avoid low water crossings.
  • Actively look for water over the road.
  • Turn around if a road is barricaded or if water is over the road. Keep in mind that the road may be heavily damaged underneath the flood water.

There’s more information on our Frequently Asked Questions page.