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Bastrop Braces For Flooding

Updated: Friday, November 1 2013, 07:59 AM CDT
Overnight Bastrop braces for flooding as the Colorado River continues to quickly rise, expected to crest around 7 a.m. at 31 feet.

Overnight in low-lying Fisherman's Park, along the river's edge, our crews saw the water advance hundreds of feet, covering the parking lot and nearby roads. Many residents drove or walked around barricades to see the advancing water firsthand.

Bastrop police officers spent the night driving around the city monitoring areas of concern. Neighbors who are more susceptible to flooding have already been warned. Some have chosen to leave but police tell us the majority are waiting this out.

We spoke with Lee Harle owner of Bastrop River Company. He was up all night monitoring rising waters that could potentially damage his property that hugs the Colorado River. High waters have already affected his business. He's had to cancel a number of kayaking reservations scheduled for this weekend, but says he's not worried.

The only neighborhood to be evacuated at this time is about 20 min from Bastrop on Pecan Shores in Smithville. We were able to find neighbors on Thursday packing up their belongings.

Friday  morning the only shelter available to Bastrop County residents is the Smithville Recreation Center. We've been told no one yet had used the rec center for shelter but if you do need to you're asked to call the Smithville Police Department, and they can open the rec center up for you and your family.
Bastrop Braces For Flooding

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