With many parts of Texas experiencing prolonged drought conditions, it’s hard to think about heavy rains and flash-flooding until we get rain coming down like it did in the Lake Travis area this past weekend.
A common misconception is that flooding only occurs in river or stream floodplains. This is not always the case — flash-flooding can occur anywhere and oftentimes when you least expect it. Urban areas can be particularly dangerous during flash-floods. Built-up areas cannot absorb water as fast as rural or natural areas. This can often result in overwhelmed drainage systems and dangerously fast-flowing water.
A perfect example of this is what happened at Zilker Park. The final day of Austin City Limits 2013 was cancelled due to flash-flood conditions caused by heavy rains. It’s the first time in the festival’s 12-year existence that a show day has been cancelled. Here are 13 Unbelieveable Pictures of ACL Fest 2013 Flooding.
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