Local officials on Friday were still assessing damage from Thursday’s powerful floods that tested the area’s roads, parks and drainage systems. There were no cost estimates yet for the damaged areas — roads and public facilities in Williamson, Travis and Hays counties — including:
- Burleson Road, part of which will remain closed through at least Wednesday. Powerful floodwaters ripped off sheets of asphalt on Burleson east of U.S. 183, and crews will have to resurface about 1,000 feet of the road, said Carolyn Perez, a spokeswoman for Austin’s public works department.
- Richard Moya Park along Burleson Road, which is closed indefinitely. After being underwater much of Thursday, park equipment was damaged and strewn across fields. The park might be ready in two weeks to serve as bicycle parking for the Formula One U.S. Grand Prix, the Travis County parks director, Charles Bergh, said.
- One lane of the northbound Interstate 35 frontage road near Plum Creek in Hays County, which will remain closed for an undetermined period, Texas Department of Transportation spokeswoman Kelli Reyna said.
- The project to extend O’Connor Drive to the Texas 45 North tollway in Williamson County. Part of the site was underwater Friday and work is stopped until the waters recede, Reyna said.
- Goforth Road in Hays County, which is closed in both directions between Bunton Road and Cotton Gin Road while crews repair the low-water crossing. Officials expect it to remain closed until Monday.
- The pond at Hutto Lake Park, which will remain closed through the weekend as the water drains away, officials said. Typically about eight to 10 acres, the pond swelled by about four or five acres because of the rain, said Mike Hemker, Hutto’s parks and recreation director.
- The nine-hole golf course at Texas State University in San Marcos, which was closed Thursday and Friday. Staff at the course said they hope to have it reopened by Sunday, but they were waiting for floodwaters to recede Friday before they could assess damage and begin cleanup.
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