Salado Creek became a raging river Friday morning.
The creek rose from its banks, cresting at about 13 feet and flooding Salado’s Main Street and bridge. As the water subsided hours later, crews were on the bridge, removing logs and debris.
Heavy rain in Central Texas Thursday night and Friday morning led to substantial flooding in several cities, including Salado, Little River-Academy and Holland.
The rain led to a wastewater overflow of more than 388,000 gallons in Temple a week after a 1.3 million gallon overflow was recorded.
Although many local cities recorded rainfall of five inches or more, the National Weather Service in Fort Worth said only 2.5 inches were recorded by Friday morning at Draughon-Miller Central Texas Regional Airport in Temple.
Rain forced the cancelation of the Friday night performances of the Central Texas Airshow, scheduled this weekend at the Temple airport. Events are expected to resume as scheduled on Saturday.
Several area roads, including two bridges over Salado Creek, remain closed due to flooding. FM 1123 and Romberg Road in Holland were also closed.
In Milam County, road closures include FM 908 south of U.S. Highway 77, FM 485 west at Elm Creek, FM 486 south at Bushy Creek, FM 112 at the Williamson-Milam county line. County road closures in Milam County are CR 119, 120 and 147 at Elm Creek, CR 412, CR 234, CR 454, CR 304, and CR 342.
Several people trapped in their vehicles by high water were rescued in Holland and Salado, officials said.
“The roads had water that was anywhere from four inches deep to four feet deep,” Holland Fire Chief Coleman Benner said. “I just wish people would just take heed and not go in that water because you don’t know what is below, it might have washed the whole road away.”
Once the waters recede and roads are back open, both Holland and Salado estimate that it will take at least a week to complete the cleanup of the city’s streets and other affected areas.
Flooding won’t affect local elections scheduled Saturday. Cleanup at Little River-Academy’s city hall was completed by Friday afternoon.
“The elections are still good to go as scheduled as far as I know,” Salado Fire Chief, Shane Berrier said.
The heavy rainfall prompted the postponement of an outside event scheduled Saturday.
The SPJST Car Show and Czech Heritage Celebration scheduled for Saturday is postponed because of heavy rains that soaked Seaton.
“The spectator parking area is not feasible for use due to the soggy ground conditions. Melanie Zavodny of SPJST said in an email.
The event is rescheduled for May 18.
“We apologize for the inconvenience, but we hope that you will still be able to join us on Saturday, May 18.
For more information and updates, visit spjstcarshow.com and SPJST’s Facebook page.