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Questions raised about Onion Creek flood response

By Eric DexheimerChristian McDonald and Tony Plohetski - American-Statesman Staff

Just before 3 a.m. on the morning of Oct. 31, a stream gauge installed alongside Onion Creek near Twin Creek Bridge in Manchaca, just south of Austin, failed.

Maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey, the sensor beams out information about the water level every 15 minutes. According to its final reading, Onion Creek was already far above its regular flow level of five feet. It had climbed 22 feet in the previous three hours, and was still rising rapidly.

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