Shoal Creek flooded on Monday. As the water receded, Austin Watershed officials determined which areas had taken on too much water.

AUSTIN, Texas — As floodwaters receded Monday, the Austin Watershed Protection Department said it was prepared for the heavy downpour.

“We have droughts punctuated by floods like yesterday, but luckily it was a fairly manageable flood. We were prepared for this,” said Scott Prinsen, program manager for Watershed’s Early Flood Warning System.

Prinsen noted that the floodwaters hit certain areas of Austin, most notably in Shoal Creek from North Austin to downtown.

“This is Central Texas. This is a flash flood alley,” Prinsen said. “In big cities like downtown Austin, we have a lot of concrete. We have many buildings, offices, neighborhoods and things like that. So the more ground you cover, the less ability the ground has to absorb all that rainwater.”

As the water rises, Prinsen’s job is to warn people of the impending danger.

“It’s almost a tidal wave, that’s how we imagine it, rushing down Shoal Creek,” Prinsen said. “We are very concerned about the loss of life and things like that. So we’re trying to spread the word. And I know, again, that the city and other departments have been making this effort for quite a while to try and educate those who live in low-lying areas in particular so that they’re ready to move to higher-lying areas in a very short amount of time to move premises.”

With scattered rain forecast, Prinsen said he will be monitoring specific areas of Austin for possible flooding.

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