A storm soaks Austin and Texas power runners

The rain that soaked Austin, Texas, and resulted in instant flood warnings on Sunday, also left the corridors of power inside the State Capitol looking like a tributary of the Colorado River.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott declared a “hands-on” response to the flooding in the Capitol’s underground extension. Video of the flood posted on Twitter seems to show the water pouring through a skylight and running towards a corridor already covered with water up to the ankle.

The Capitol is best known as the site of explosive policies, including a captivating title filibuster in 2013 against abortion restrictions and a vote this month to arrest lawmakers who fled the state in an effort to block the passage of a restrictive electoral measure.

But the state has also been the scene of weather emergencies, such as the deadly February winter storm that left residents without electricity or running water as temperatures dropped.

Mr. Abbott he said on Twitter that his office worked with the State Preservation Board, which maintains the Capitol and other state buildings, “as well as all applicable agencies to deal with flooding on the Capitol resulting from the current storm in Austin.”

The person who posted the video of the flood at the Capitol did not immediately respond to a Twitter message or email Sunday afternoon. Phone and email messages left for the State Preservation Board were not returned immediately.

The flooding occurred when an instant flood warning was issued in Travis County, which includes Austin.

In a 16-hour update in downtown Travis County, the National Weather Service announced that up to five inches of rain had already fallen in some areas, with “the highest amounts recorded in downtown Austin.”

He also warned of “the rapid and life-threatening flooding of streams and creeks, urban areas, roads, streets and underpasses.” In the future, only light rainfall was forecast in the area, according to the service.

Sunday afternoon, rainfall had begun to decline in Austin, but the area had already experienced heavy rains, according to Eric Platt, a meteorologist with the Texas National Meteorological Service office.

The combination of moisture accumulating in the air and slow-moving storms in the area is “a good recipe for flooding,” Platt said. And that can cause flooding in parts of Austin, where rocky soil can’t absorb much rainwater and where parts of the city have been built near low, flood-prone streams, he said.

“There are usually dry streams and drains and there are traffic roads that cross them,” Platt said. “So instead of building a bridge, the road was built through this drainage. Well, it’s fine when it’s dry, but when it rains a lot in a hurry, the water covers the road,” causing flooding. potentially dangerous.