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911 system restored in Llano County after storm; some power outages reported

LLANO — The 911 system for Llano County is back online about a day after a powerful storm knocked out emergency communications, officials said.

"As of 3:40 p.m. (May 8), we are back operational," said Llano County Judge Wayne Brascom.

The storm blew through the Highland Lakes after 5 p.m. May 7, bringing with it heavy rains, high winds, power outages and fallen trees.

Llano County Sheriff Office’s officials said the weather knocked out the agency’s 911 system. Calls were still being routed through the Burnet County Sheriff’s Office as of mid-morning May 8 until the system was reactivated in the afternoon.

Although the weather added 1-2 inches of rain to precipitation totals, it still isn’t enough to offset the drought that has gripped the Highland Lakes since October 2010, officials said.

Still, almost 3 inches of rain fell at the Llano River from 3 p.m. May 7 to 3 p.m. May 8, according to the Lower Colorado River Authority’s hydrologic report.

In Marble Falls, the rain gauge at Backbone Creek reported just over 1 inch during the same period.

Finley deGraffenreid, Llano’s city manager, said the storm didn’t cause any significant damage, but did knock out power to about one-third of residents for 40 minutes.

A few of the city streets were flooded, but most  re-opened by the morning of May 8, he said.

The storm didn’t cause too much damage in Burnet County, said Pedernales Electric Cooperative spokewoman Anne Harvey.

PEC crews in Marble Falls dealt with fewer than 30 meters without power during the storm, she said.

Officials in both Burnet and Llano counties reported fallen trees and limbs on roads, but crews had most of the debris removed by May 8.

A light rain continued through most of May 8. It was enough for the National Weather Service to keep a Flash Flood Watch in place until 4 p.m.

According to the weather service, the rain chances drop off to about 20 percent May 9, but increase starting May 10.

Forecasters estimated chances for rain at 60 percent May 11, but that tapers off again in time for the weekend.

editor@thepicayune.com