Update: Barton Creek Greenbelt reopens despite slick conditions

Recent rain has caused flooding in areas of Austin.

Recent rain has caused flooding in areas of Austin.

Updated May 6, 12:12 p.m.:

The Barton Creek Greenbelt has been reopened for now, according to a May 6 news release by the Austin Parks and Recreation Department. With rain in the forecast later this week, the department stated future closers could be put in place, and that slick conditions persist on the trail. Barton Springs Pool remains closed.

Updated May 4, 9:09 p.m.:

According to a news release by the city of Austin, the Ann & Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail "experienced varying degrees of erosion" due to flooding and the trail is partially reopened, although sections continue to be closed off. The Barton Creek Greenbelt remains closed due to "trail erosion and swift creek currents," the release states. Barton Springs Pool also remains closed as of 9 p.m. May 4.

The Austin Fire Department has placed a waterways ban for Lake Austin, Lady Bird Lake and the Colorado River downstream of Longhorn Dam effective until noon on May 6. The waterway status will be reevaluated at that time, according to the fire department.

Earlier, Austin Parks and Recreation Department tweeted a video of flood waters at Barton Springs Pool.

As of 9 p.m., ATX Floods reported that 154 low water crossings are still closed across Central Texas, a decrease from the night prior.

Updated May 4, 1:28 a.m.:

According to a city of Austin news release, the Barton Creek Greenbelt, the Ann & Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trial and Barton Springs Pool are closed due to flooding. Barton Spring Pool will remain closed until pool clean-up is complete and the parks department will provide updates on the closures as conditions change, the release states.

There were 219 reported road closures at low water crossing in Central Texas as of 1:21 a.m. on May 4, according to ATX Floods. Recent additions to the closure list in West Travis County include low water crossings on River Hills Road in the Westlake area and Hamilton Pool Road at the Pedernales River.

Updated May 3, 10:32 p.m.:

The National Weather Service has extended the flash flood warning for Travis County and North Hays County until May 4 at 2:30 a.m.

Original post May 3, 9:57 p.m.:
According to ATXfloods, there were 147 road closures in the Central Texas area as of 9:57 p.m. May 3 related to heavy rains throughout the day in the area. In Travis County the majority of road closures have occurred in the south and east.

A flash flood warning is in effect for Hays and Travis Counties until 11:30 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.The following low water crossings were closed in Austin as of 9:57 p.m. A full map of low water crossings in Central Texas can be found here:

  • Slaughter Lane at RM 1826

  • RM 1826 at Lewis Mountain Drive, Slaughter Creek Trail and the 8500 block

  • 6765 Old Bee Caves Road near W. Hwy. 290

  • 6334 Joe Tanner Lane, between W. Hwy. 290 and McCartny Lane

  • Dittmar Road at South Boggy Creek

  • Trautwein Road and Fitzhugh Road at Barton Creek

  • 5003 Wasson Road, east of Congress Avenue

  • 10131 Old San Antonio Road

  • 5400 Jimmy Clay Drive

  • Elroy Road at McAngus Road near SH 45

  • 1301 W. Oltorf St., near the Woodview Mobile Home Park

  • 2900 and 3300 blocks of Bee Caves Road near Rollingwood

Other closures and flood conditions have been reported by local officials.

By Nicholas Cicale
Nick has been with Community Impact Newspaper since 2016, working with the Lake Travis-Westlake and Southwest Austin-Dripping Springs editions. He previously worked as a reporter in Minnesota and earned a degree from Florida State University.


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