As Hurricane Harvey dumped feet of rain in the Houston-area, Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto residents will also see lasting effects from the storm. Here are 6 things you should know this week:
1. An insurance law that limits the ability for individuals to sue insurance companies for not paying out full claims goes into effect on Friday. Individuals are encouraged to contact insurance companies prior to the Friday deadline in order to avoid any implications of the bill.
2. As of press time, 468 crossings in the Austin area are closed due to flooding concerns. For a full list, check ATXFloods. Closed areas include crossings at CR 134 and CR 132, CR 123 and Brushy Creek, Harrell Parkway at Old Settlers Park, Summit Street at Brushy Creek and west of Brushy Bend Drive and Brushy Creek.
3. Central Texas nonprofit We Are Blood is urging Austin-area residents to donate Type O blood immediately. On Thursday, the nonprofit was experiencing a shortage of Type O-negative and -positive blood. This kind of blood is universal and can be used in transfusions for any patient.
4. Williamson County received anywhere from 2.5 to 8 inches of rain since the storm system moved overhead. According to the National Weather Service, the heaviest rainfall in the area has come mostly east of I-35 and in the region around Austin.
5. Williamson County lifted its burn ban after less than a week, due to the influx of rain over the weekend.
6. Community Impact will continually update this page with the latest on Hurricane Harvey and its implications in the Austin area. Check here for updates to the Houston area.