Local governments tracking hundreds of low water crossings


FORTUNATELY, WE DON’T EXPECT ANY HEAVY, FLOODING RAIN IN OUR FORECAST… BUT AS YOU MAY OR MAY NOT KNOW, CENTRAL TEXAS IS THE EPICENTER OF WHAT’S CALLED “FLASH FLOOD ALLEY.” THAT’S WHY THE CITY OF AUSTIN AND OTHER LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TRACK HUNDREDS OF LOW WATER CROSSINGS TO MAKE SURE YOU CAN STAY SAFE.TAKE A LOOK — THIS IS A MAP OF THEM ACROSS CENTRAL TEXAS.BUT LATER TODAY THE CITY WILL HOLD A MEETING TO LOOK AT HOW TO DESIGN THE NEXT GENERATION OF THIS SITE — A-T-X-FLOODS.AND IT COULD HELP SAVE LIVES.KARL MCARTHUR: “RIGHT NOW IT’S EITHER GREEN OR RED – OPEN OR CLOSED. WE DON’T CLOSE ANYTHING ON THE APPLICATION UNTIL THEY ACTUALLY GO OUT THERE AND PHYSICALLY SEE SOMETHING CLOSED. WE’D LIKE TO ADD SOME WARNING WHERE WE THINK CROSSINGS ARE CLOSED, SO NOT JUST GREEN AND RED, WE’LL HAVE YELLOW, ORANGE, SOMETHING ELSE TO INDICATE WE THINK THAT THESE CROSSINGS ARE CLOSED.” RIGHT NOW, YOU CAN SEE CAMERAS AT THREE LOW WATER CROSSINGS. THEY’RE EXPLORING THINGS LIKE ADDING MORE CAMERAS AND POSTING PHOTOS FROM MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC.TONIGHT, THEY’RE INVITING DEVELOPERS AND PROGRAMMERS TO BRING THEIR IDEAS, TOO.WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO HEAD OUT THERE.THE MEETING WILL BE HOSTED BY “OPEN AUSTIN” AT THE TERRAZAS BRANCH LIBRARY ON CESAR CHAVEZ — JUST EAST OF I-35 TONIGHT AT

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