The National Weather Service issued an instant flood alert in the Austin area on Sunday afternoon and, while most of the city escaped unscathed, approximately one inch of the 2-5 inches that were thrown in County Austin Travis fell into the Texas State Capitol by a leak in a skylight. The Capitol was closed to visitors Sunday afternoon and Gov. Greg Abbott (R) assured the Texans that his office was working with the State Preservation Board, which oversees the building, “to deal with the floods in the Capitol caused by the current storm in Austin. “He added,” Everything is on deck. “
Chris Currens, director of special projects for the State Preservation Board, attributed the leak to the Capitol’s underground annex to an obstructed storm drain. “This line has never been blocked in 30 years, but it has done so today,” he said The Texas Tribune. Currens said water damage was found in offices in the flooded areas of the Capitol, but state workers sucked up most of the water and lawmakers were told to work Monday at the second special legislative session (so far without a quorum).