Raging floods destroy bridge over Texas river

Water from the swollen Llano River washes over the RM 2900 bridge in Kingsland Texas shortly after part of the bridge collapsed on Tuesday morning

The governor's warning came little more than a week after four people were washed away when the South Llano River, which becomes the Llano River downstream, overran an RV park in Junction, Texas.

The body, which hasn't yet been identified, was found in Lake Lyndon B. Johnson, situated where the Llano and Colorado rivers meet.

At a news conference Tuesday, Anderson said residents would not be able to return to their homes for 24-36 hours because the river was expected to rise again.

Just because the Llano River is going down "does not mean that it is not hazardous out there", he said.

On Tuesday morning, Scott Turner's family of four discovered the Llano River had surged half a mile into their house, ruining nearly everything they owned.

Fire officials in Austin have temporarily banned all boating along the city's waterways as heavy rain and flooding create unsafe conditions.

Residents were evacuated from homes in Kingsland and in nearby Marble Falls, which was being overwhelmed by the Colorado River.

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The National Weather Service says "major flooding" is occurring along the Llano River and the nearby Colorado River on Tuesday.

The flooded communities are about a 90-minute drive northwest of Austin. The record crest level is 12.6 metres set in June 1935.

Several school districts also closed for the day and emergency personnel blocked access to more than 150 low-water crossings. At least two deaths have been blamed on the flood waters.

The river is expected to recede through Tuesday afternoon, but should stay in the major flood stage - over 23 feet - though Wednesday morning.

The rain also was causing problems in other parts of Texas.

Heavy rains are causing issues across Texas, the Forth Worth Fire Department says it responded to 80 traffic accidents related to weather conditions. Forecasters urged those living in vulnerable and low-lying areas along the river to seek higher ground immediately. The bodies of three were recovered and one person remains missing.

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