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Flooding

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Woman's Body Recovered After Central Texas Flooding

October 17, 2018
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LLANO (KRLD) - Authorities say a woman’s body has been found at a low-water crossing in a Central Texas city inundated by floodwaters from the Llano River.

Officials say the body was recovered in Llano Tuesday night. Llano County Judge Mary Cunningham says the woman’s family has been notified but her that name isn’t yet being released.

Water levels on the Llano River are now dropping but had soared above flood stage this week, destroying a bridge, forcing evacuations and leading to water rescues.

Earlier Tuesday, another body was found in Lake Lyndon B. Johnson, about 30 miles (50 kilometers) southeast of Llano. The lake is situated where the Llano River flows into the Colorado River. That body has not been identified.

Officials say there’s a continued threat for flooding in Central Texas as more rain is expected to fall on the already saturated area and dams along the swollen Colorado River release some of the flood downstream.

National Weather Service forecaster Jason Runyen said Wednesday that the area was expected to get an additional 1 to 2 inches (3 to 5 centimeters) of rain Thursday and Friday, with some isolated areas getting as much as 4 inches (10 centimeters) of rain.

The Lower Colorado River Authority has been opening flood gates along the river since Monday. Four floodgates are open on Mansfield Dam at Lake Travis, located northwest of Austin. The river authority says they’ll likely need to open four more by midday Thursday for a total of eight — a record number open at the dam.

Author: Josh.Clark
Posted: October 17, 2018, 10:58 pm
Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke

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Trump Calls O’Rourke ‘A Flake’ After His ‘Lyin’ Ted’ Remark

October 17, 2018
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AUSTIN (AP) — President Donald Trump is calling Democratic Senate hopeful Beto O’Rourke names ahead of a trip to Texas to stump for O’Rourke’s Republican opponent, incumbent Ted Cruz.

Trump tweeted Wednesday “Beto is a flake” and that Cruz “has done so much for Texas,” including creating jobs and cutting taxes, but that “O’Rourke would blow it.”

That follows O’Rourke borrowing a Trump nickname for Cruz from when the two were 2016 Republican presidential rivals, calling the senator “Lyin’ Ted” during a debate Tuesday night in San Antonio.

Trump is traveling to Houston on Monday to rally for Cruz as O’Rourke has kept the race reasonably close, even in deeply conservative Texas.

O’Rourke sharply criticized Cruz during the debate. On Wednesday, he unveiled negative attack ads, further breaking with his usual bipartisan and feelgood image.

 

Author: Josh.Clark
Posted: October 17, 2018, 10:53 pm
Flooding

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Crews Measuring Water Levels Of Texas Rivers

October 17, 2018
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AUSTIN (KRLD) - Crews with the US Geological Survey are out -- measuring flooding throughout Texas. 

Teams have been surveying gauges on the Rio Grand, Red, San Antonio, Guadalupe, Colorado, Brazos and Trinity River Basins. Today, they'll flag high-water marks on the Llano River, west of Austin.

As of this morning, nearly 40 USGS gages are over National Weather Service flood levels, and water continues to rise at more than 170 gauges throughout the state. A flash flood watch has been issued for parts of Central Texas through this evening. 

The measurements are critical for resource managers and emergency responders... The data is used by the National Weather Service to develop forecasts and by the Corps of Engineers to manage flood control.

Real-time maps of flood conditions can be found on USGS' WaterCutWatch website.

Author: Josh.Clark
Posted: October 17, 2018, 10:23 pm
YouTube

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Texas Couple Trying To Earn Living Via YouTube

October 17, 2018
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by Charlie Hodges, 1080 KRLD



People who advise people about their careers have one common piece of advise. Find something you love and learn how to make money at it. A Texas couple living in Colorado are working on achieving that goal on You Tube.

Brittany Williams is an A&M Zoology grad. 

"Go right. Go slow, Kev, real slow," Brittany said spotting her husband Kevin through a rock obstacle on the east Texas Barnwell Mountian Off Road Trails near Gilmer.

"It wasn't planned," Brittany said.

The it is her You Tube Channel called Lite Brite.

"I originally created the You Tube Channel so we could go back and watch them ourselves our family and friends without taking up space on our phones," Brittany said.

Then things changed.

"We got our new JLU Rubicon," she said.

And now most of their videos are about their live in the Jeep, and going out on the trails in the western U.S and beating the you know what out of it.

"We haven't broken anything," Brittany's husband said. "We've been offroad doing crazy trails, following crazy built Jeeps and buggies and hanging right with them."

And the results have been dramatic. One video has over 400,000 views and others are up to over 200,000 views. On average, they are getting 20,000 views per video.

And the more people who watch means Lite Brite will get ad revenue. So, where do they go from here?

"My ultimate goal is for the channel to become sort of my full time job," Brittany said.

She's almost there time-wise. Brittany puts in five to 12 hours editing every video and she has to put up a new video ever couple days.

"I actually love it," she said.

And why not? She's making okay money and that will only get better. And as they say, finding something you love and making money at it.

"Live life. Go on adventures. Chase your passions. Follow your dreams. And just have as much possible fun you can and enjoy life to the fullset. I mean, we are on this earth for way too short of a period of time to do anything otherwise."

To see the videos from Brittany and Kevin Williams' You Tube Channel, go to youtube.com/litebrite.

Author: Jeff.Burkett
Posted: October 17, 2018, 4:00 pm
Flooding

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At Least One Dead In Central Texas Flooding; Disaster Declared

October 16, 2018
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LLANO (KRLD/AP) - Texas Governor Greg Abbott has issued a state of emergency for 18 counties after they were impacted by severe weather and flooding.

The counties include: Bastrop, Burnet, Colorado, Fayette, Hood, Jim Wells, Kerr, Kimble, La Salle, Live Oak, Llano, Mason, McMullen, Nueces, Real, San Patrido, Travis and Williamson. 

A state disaster declaration has been issued for 18 Texas counties impacted by severe weather and flooding. As storms continue across the state, please heed warnings from local officials. pic.twitter.com/6BMoV2S6z0

— Gov. Greg Abbott (@GovAbbott) October 16, 2018

Body Found:

A body was found in a rain-swollen lake in Central Texas after fast-moving floodwaters destroyed a bridge, forced the evacuation of riverside homes and led to numerous water rescues Tuesday following days of heavy rains.

Video shows the bridge crumbling as it was overrun by the bloated, roiling Llano River in Kingsland, about 65 miles (105 kilometers) northwest of Austin. The Llano and Colorado rivers meet at Kingsland, and the National Weather Service said both were experiencing “major flooding.”

The body was found in Lake Lyndon B. Johnson, situated where the Llano flows into the Colorado. Local officials say they have yet to identify the person, but that many homes along the lake and rivers have been flooded. A flash flood warning was in effect.

Residents were evacuated from homes in Kingsland and in nearby Marble Falls, which was being overwhelmed by the Colorado River. Several school districts closed for the day, and emergency personnel blocked access to more than 150 low-water crossings.

Bill and Laura Villella awoke early Tuesday to about 12 inches (30.5 centimeters) of water in their home in Llano, a town just northwest of Kingsland. The rising water forced them to stand on their kitchen counter before emergency personnel in a boat pulled them to safety.

“We honestly did not believe it would go up that high,” Bill Villella told the Austin American-Statesman. His wife added: “I’ve been through a lot in my life, but that’s the scaredest I’ve ever been.”

Gov. Greg Abbott released a statement urging “all Texans to take their safety into their own hands by closely monitoring changing weather conditions and heeding warnings from local officials.”

The governor’s warning came little more than a week after four people were washed away when the South Llano River, which becomes the Llano River downstream, overran an RV park in Junction, Texas. Three bodies have been recovered. The search for the fourth has been suspended due to the heavy rain.

The body found Tuesday doesn’t appear to be the person still missing from the RV park, which is along the South Llano River about 90 miles (145 kilometers) away, said Burnet County Sheriff’s Capt. Tom Dillard.

The most dramatic scenes Tuesday played out in Marble Falls, where an extraordinary amount of water poured over the Starcke Dam, carrying with it riverside docks and other large debris.

Homes also were being evacuated in nearby Granite Shoals, and people were sheltering at a middle school.

Water levels along the Llano River at Llano have subsided but are still well above major flood stage. Levels rose to just under 40 feet (12 meters) on Tuesday but fell as the morning progressed, settling at little more than 35 feet (11 meters), according to the National Weather Service. Major flood stage is 23 feet (7 meters), and the river isn’t expected to drop below that stage until Wednesday.

Heavy rains were also impacting other parts of the state.

Flood warnings were issued for areas north of Houston, and the Fort Worth Fire Department said it responded to some 80 traffic accidents blamed on slick roads and poor visibility Tuesday morning. Officials in Dallas said the rain was causing sewer overflows in several parts of the city but added that its water supply wasn’t affected.

In Austin, fire officials temporarily banned all watercraft. Flooding was also occurring in Kerr County, northwest of San Antonio, and other parts of Texas Hill Country, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. The Guadalupe River at Comfort, northwest of San Antonio, was forecast to rise from about 5 feet (1.5 meters) up to more than 28 feet (8.5 meters).

Patricia Sanchez, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Fort Worth, said the transition from fall to winter usually brings elevated levels of rainfall — but nothing compared to the amount of precipitation over the last month.

“The ongoing multiple days of rain and the extraordinary amount is of course not normal,” she said. “Not for this time of year.”

Recent tropical systems and moisture from the Gulf of Mexico are contributing to the amount of rain Texas has seen, she said. Light to moderate rain will continue for the next couple of days but taper off as the weekend approaches, she said.

Author: Josh.Clark
Posted: October 16, 2018, 11:00 pm
Beto and Cruz Debate

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Debate May Be O’Rourke’s Last Chance To Cut Into Cruz Lead

October 16, 2018
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SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Democrat Beto O’Rourke is hoping to reverse polls showing him fading against Republican incumbent Ted Cruz in the second debate of a Texas Senate race that’s become one of the nation’s most-watched.

O’Rourke is giving up his El Paso congressional seat to challenge Cruz and shattered Senate fundraising records with an astounding $38-plus million in the three months through September.

But polls that once showed O’Rourke staying close to a monumental upset in deep red Texas now suggest Cruz is pulling away.

Cruz kept O’Rourke on the defensive when they debated last month in Dallas, and O’Rourke, who had maintained a feel-good message, has promised a sharper tone Tuesday night in San Antonio.

It’s the race’s last scheduled debate after one in Houston was canceled amid votes Senate floor votes.

Author: Josh.Clark
Posted: October 16, 2018, 9:33 pm
Mega Millions

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Estimated Mega Millions Jackpot Now Largest In History Of The Game

October 16, 2018
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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - The stakes just went up for Tuesday night's Mega Millions lottery jackpot.

Officials with the multi-state game say the estimated jackpot is now worth $667 million, up from the original estimate of $654 million. 

It would be the largest prize ever awarded in Mega Millions, topping a $656 million prize claimed in March 2012.  That jackpot was split among three winning tickets.

Tuesday's estimated jackpot would also be the third-largest lottery prize in U.S. history.  Powerball has the two biggest, including a world-record amount of $1.58 billion in January 2016.  

The Mega Millions drawing will happen at 10:12 Tuesday night. 

Ticket sales in Texas shut off at 9:45 p.m.

Author: Jeff.Burkett
Posted: October 16, 2018, 5:21 pm
Flooding

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Texas Bridge Collapses Due To Flooding; Forcing Evacuations

October 16, 2018
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KINGSLAND (1080 KRLD/AP) - A bridge over the Llano River just west of Austin has broken apart from floodwaters.

The Llano River is out of its banks. It appears to have crested, but emergency officials are still warning of "catastrophic flooding." Folks within a quarter mile of the river have been told to evacuate.

Flooding in Kingsland, west of Austin, is especially bad. The FM 2900 bridge over the Llano River in Kingsland collapsed Tuesday morning due to flooding. Chunks of it could be seen floating away.

All of that water is headed downstream and is now filling up Lake LBJ.

BRIDGE COLLAPSE! The FM 2900 bridge over the Llano River in Kingsland has COLLAPSED in the river due to flooding https://t.co/vks3sWf7w4 pic.twitter.com/zIfJyvDD8O

— CBS Austin (@cbsaustin) October 16, 2018

Residents were being evacuated from homes in Kingsland and in nearby Marble Falls, which was being overwhelmed by the Colorado River. Several school districts closed for the day, and emergency personnel blocked access to more than 150 low-water crossings.

Gov. Greg Abbott released a statement urging “all Texans to take their safety into their own hands by closely monitoring changing weather conditions and heeding warnings from local officials.”

The governor’s warning came little more than a week after four people were washed away when the South Llano River, which becomes the Llano River downstream, overran an RV park in Junction, Texas. Three bodies have been recovered. The search for the fourth has been suspended due to the heavy rain.

The most dramatic scenes Tuesday played out in Marble Falls, where an extraordinary amount of water poured over the Starcke Dam, carrying with it riverside docks and other large debris.

Homes also were being evacuated in nearby Granite Shoals, and people were sheltering at a middle school.

Chris Bishop with Tex Dot in Austin talked about the situation with KRLD this morning:

 

Author: Jeff.Burkett
Posted: October 16, 2018, 3:39 pm
Governor Greg Abbott

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Gov. Abbott Orders Texas State Operations Center At "Increased Readiness"

October 16, 2018
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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - Texas Governor Greg Abbott has ordered the state Operations Center at 'increased readiness' due to flooding concerns across the state. 

With Governor Abbott's order, Texas agencies including the state Department of Transportation (TXDOT), the Department of Public Safety (DPS), and the Texas National Guard to be on notice to prepare for more flooding.

"When severe weather strikes, Texas will ensure our responders and local officials have what they need to respond and protect those in harm's way" said Governor Abbott. "I also urge all Texans to take their safety into their own hands to closely monitor changing weather conditions and heeding warnings from local officials."  

The Texas State Operations Center has elevated its readiness level as severe weather & flooding continue to impact Texas. Please closely monitor changing weather conditions and heeding warnings from local officials. https://t.co/6W5Kkq5us7

— Gov. Greg Abbott (@GovAbbott) October 16, 2018

Texans are urged to follow these safety tips:

When severe storms threaten, the safest place to be is indoors.

Avoid areas already flooded and avoid any fast-flowing water.

Be extremely cautious of any water on roads or in creeks, streams, storm drains or other areas – never attempt to cross flowing streams or drive across flooded roadways and always observe road barricades placed for your protection. Remember, Turn Around Don’t Drown (http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/water/tadd/).

Dangerous waters can seem deceptively calm, and if you encounter flooding, move to higher ground.

Keep in mind that flood dangers are even harder to recognize at night.

Stay informed by monitoring weather radios and news broadcasts for updated information on current and anticipated severe weather in your area.

Author: Jeff.Burkett
Posted: October 16, 2018, 3:07 pm
Cruz, O'Rourke

Cruz, O'Rourke Debate May Be Last Chance For Big Moment

October 16, 2018
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HOUSTON (AP) — Frank Randazzo, a retiree near Houston, volunteers for his local GOP office knocking on doors of undecided voters amid the most expensive U.S. Senate race in the country. He did a double take when a man with a Beto O'Rourke sign in his yard declared he was voting Republican.

"He told me to ignore the sign. It was his wife's," Randazzo said.

Tuesday night is the last televised debate in Texas between O'Rourke and Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, and from national polls to divided households in conservative suburbs, the indications are of a close race with just three weeks until Election Day. But what hasn't been seen so far are major missteps or race-altering moments.

Neither side is betting on one down the stretch. For O'Rourke, who last week announced a record-shattering fundraising haul of $38 million from supporters nationwide, the debate in San Antonio presents his last best chance to give Cruz supporters any misgivings. The El Paso congressman has run against politics as usual and campaign mudslinging, but O'Rourke is also sharpening his tone amid new polls that suggest his rise may be hitting a ceiling for a Democrat in Texas.

Cruz, meanwhile, is out to not squander the built-in advantages of running in a deeply Republican state that hasn't elected a Democrat to a statewide office in 24 years. And even Democrats are doubtful that Cruz — as unflappable a campaigner as anyone in the Senate — will make any disastrous late stumbles that would cause voters to peel off.

"Ted Cruz isn't going to be a Mourdock or an Akin," said John Anzalone, a Democratic pollster based in Alabama.

He was referring to Missouri Republican Todd Akin, whose 2012 Senate campaign imploded after he said women's bodies could stop unwanted pregnancy in cases of "legitimate rape," and Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock, who that same year said pregnancies resulting from rape were God's intent. Both went on to lose races that were within their reach.

Continued Anzalone: "Is there always an 'X' variable you hope for at the end? Absolutely. But I'm not ready to say that's what is needed for an O'Rourke victory."

Since launching his longshot bid last year, O'Rourke has insisted that what his campaign didn't need were attack ads or money from political action committees. Up until now he had rarely even mentioned Cruz's name during his packed and lively rallies.

But that has started changing with time running out and new polls showing O'Rourke within single digits but still trailing in Texas, which President Donald Trump won by 9 points in 2016. While campaigning along the Texas-Mexico border last weekend, O'Rourke called Cruz reckless for helping instigate a 2013 government shutdown and accused him of undermining public schools.

"He put your lives and your communities on hold for his presidential ambition," O'Rourke told an audience in McAllen, Texas.

Cruz, on the other hand, has hammered O'Rourke for months and made little appeal beyond his conservative base during their first debate in September. Hours after O'Rourke on Friday announced his blockbuster fundraising numbers that tripled what Cruz raised, Cruz chalked it up to anger on the left and continued casting O'Rourke as too liberal for Texas.

"Typically, in a general election, Democrats in Texas at least pretend to go to the middle. They pretend to be moderate. That's not what Congressman O'Rourke is doing. He's going hard, hard left," Cruz said.

He was at a honky-tonk in Houston, where pairs of cowboy boots dangle from the ceiling and mingling underneath were Cruz supporters, whose own families illustrated O'Rourke's surprising inroads in unexpected places. Angie White, 57, said her daughter has gone to O'Rourke events but that, like many young people, "I feel like she's not going to go vote." Next to her was Carolyn Knight, 65, who joked about wanting her grandkids to stay home on Election Day.

Houston is one of Texas' most liberal cities, but Democrats haven't carried surrounding Harris County in a midterm election in a quarter-century.

"We also live in a very red state," said Lillie Schechter, chairwoman of the Harris County Democratic Party. "Obama lost it by 1.2 million votes. Hillary lost it by 600,000. We've been cutting our margins, but it's a really heavy lift."

Author: Jeff.Burkett
Posted: October 16, 2018, 1:01 pm