Texas Residents Watch Brazos River in Anticipation of More Flooding

July 2, 2007

Texas officials expected the Brazos River to rise above flood level, a cause of concern for residents who evacuated once already last week.

The Brazos was expected to swell to around 26 feet, a foot above flood stage, after officials opened a fourth flood gate at a nearby lake.

The river peaked above 27 feet on Thursday, June 28th, prompting Parker County to order a mandatory evacuation of 2,000 people.

Storms on the southern Plains have claimed 11 lives in Texas since more than a week ago. Forecasters expected rain to continue dumping on already sopped parts of North Texas up through Missouri as part of a lingering storm system.

About 100 people near Marble Falls in central Texas remained stranded for a fourth day. Flood and water damage made roads impassable, said Christa Bromley, a Burnet County Emergency Management spokeswoman. The residents had been notified of the evacuation but chose to stay in their homes near Hamilton Creek.

Authorities said all were safe, and they had power and drinkable water.

Across the state line, some highways in Oklahoma remained closed Saturday because of flood damage to roads and bridges.

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