The slab river crossing at Castell was completely flooded over and considered impassable the night of Aug. 30. The crossing was passable on the morning of Aug. 31, but mud deposits remained from the previous night’s flooding. Staff photo by Dakota Morrissiey
Water is flowing once again at Llano County river crossings after recent rainfall throughout the Llano River watershed. Drought conditions had reduced the river’s flow to a trickle in recent weeks, leaving popular river crossings in Kingsland and Castell dry or stagnant.
The Llano River crossing at Castell was impassable due to flooding on the night of Aug. 30.
“RR 2768 at RR 152 in Castell is CLOSED at the slab due to high water. Turn around. Don’t drown,” the Llano County Sheriff’s Office posted on its Facebook page at 10 p.m. that night.
While the Castell crossing is passable once again, debris and mud remain on the road.
The renewed strength of the river comes from several inches of rainfall across the Llano River watershed, which stretches into Mason and Kimble counties to the west. Consistent rain has saturated the ground, meaning more water is reaching channelized features such as creeks, streams, and rivers.
On Tuesday, San Fernando Creek received 2.75 inches of rain, Mason received 2.69 inches of rain, and Castell received 2.9 inches of rain. These three locations, along with everything 100 miles west of Llano, feed into the Llano River.