UPDATE: Barricade at Great Divide Drive low water crossing is removed

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Update: Bee Cave Mayor Monty Parker confirmed that the barricade at the low water crossing on Great Divide Drive has been removed, and that as of 4:40 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, cars have been passing over that portion of the road.

Original story: Officials have blocked passage at a low water crossing on Great Divide Drive in Bee Cave due to extensive rainfall.

After speaking with Bee Cave Police Chief Gary Miller, City Manager Clint Garza said the low water crossing is the only area currently flooded in Bee Cave, but added that motorists must remain cautious.

“People need to turn around if they come up on water they’re not comfortable with,” Garza said. “If there is any question about safety then there’s no need to risk it.”

Garza added right now officials do not know when the barricades might be removed, but will be updating residents when passage is safe again for people living in the Homestead neighborhood.

Homestead resident James Cooke said he is going to get a hotel for the evening after trying unsuccessfully to return to his home.

“I know there is definitely more rain in the forecast,” Cooke said. “I left my house at 12:12 p.m. I just took two of my kids out of school, and my goal was to get the kids out of school and back home, but by the time I got back at 1:08 p.m., I was not able to get back into my neighborhood.”

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  1. Currently 126 crossings closed in Austin according to ATX Floods @ 2:08pm! The Homestead crossing will receded in a couple of hours since there is no more rain predicted!

    • It “receded” technically but was at 1’ over the road still. That means the road is flooded. Not safe according to FEMA. 6” is all it takes to reach the bottom of most cars and can stall a vehicle. 1’ can float many vehicles.

      • Homestead Resident

        👆🏻You obviously thought it was safe enough, since you crossed in front of us almost an hour ago, it wasn’t down to the FEMA 6” line and we both got through just fine.

  2. Scott Jackson

    Wait- seriously?👆 something is fishy; James cook provided the photo in the article, is quoted in the article then “James” comments twice, one saying he needed to get a hotel room…. yet he DROVE through a flooded crossing? Sounds like “James and James Cooke are the same person and trying to create a narrative so that non homestead residents foot the bill for a bridge to make HIS life a little easier. Not sure how county residents would feel about that!

    • Isn’t this a City of Bee Cave issue now ? Homestead resident protested the county’s plan to build a bridge.

  3. Milo Doggiestiles

    One out of over 8,300 low water crossings in Texas and all this shows such a severe lack of common sense some people have regarding heeding a warning sign about a flooded crossing or even purchasing or renting a home behind a low water crossing. It is a shame that such a small number of people want the rest of the county to pay millions of dollars to relieve their inconvenience a few times during wet (El Nino) years when an overwhelming majority of the neighborhood do NOT want to waste taxpayer dollars on a bridge.

    Driving a small car into a flooded crossing, then getting out, grabbing some stuff, and wading out to abandon your car was nothing but stupidity in action. This could have happened at any one of the flooded crossings in Texas last Friday, but this person CHOSE this crossing and CHOSE to drive into the water and CHOSE to ABANDON their vehicle and CHOSE to leave the scene before the police arrive. This was not a safety issue, but stupidity issue. I hope this person is cited for leaving the scene and to pay for waste of city resources on this non-safety issue.

    This small, but loud group of bridge fans falsely claim safety issues when it really boils down to individual choices and responsibility. This small group wants EVERYONE to be responsible so as to prevent stupid people from doing stupid things.

    They should have thought about that before moving behind a low water crossing anywhere in Texas.

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Brian Rash
Brian has been a reporter and editor since 2012. He wrote about the music scene in Dallas-Fort Worth before becoming managing editor for the Graham Leader in Graham, Texas, in 2013. He relocated to Austin, Texas, in 2015 to work for Gatehouse Media's large design hub. He became the editor for the Lake Travis-Westlake publication of Community Impact in August 2018.
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