Lines of soaking storms doused parts of Central Texas with more than a foot of rain Sunday, providing relief to a drought-stricken region, but also flooding homes, prompting harrowing rescues of stranded motorists and leading to the unprecedented cancellation of the final day of the Austin City Limits Music Festival.
The rainfall was the most significant amount seen in the area in more than three years, when Tropical Storm Hermine dumped 10 to 12 inches of rain across northern parts of Travis County and southern Williamson County in September 2010, Lower Colorado River Authority meteorologist Bob Rose said.
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