By Sarah E. Mascaro-SavageAUSTIN, Texas — A $400-million flour bluff at the southern edge of Texas is at risk of being washed away by heavy rains and flooding that will cause thousands of homes to be flooded in the coming weeks.
The flood risk is expected to worsen during the next two weeks, with some areas that received rain during the first week of the flooding estimated to be in for up to 20 inches of water per hour, according to a report released Tuesday by the Texas Flood Protection Commission.
The flooding is likely to cause the loss of at least 5,000 homes in the next 24 hours, according the report.
The commission is reviewing the risk to the floodplain in the area and will make recommendations in a week.
The area is about an hour southeast of Austin and includes some of the nation’s most heavily populated towns such as San Antonio and El Paso.
The commission said in a news release Tuesday that it was working with the state of Texas and local governments to identify the areas most at risk and make a “comprehensive plan” to respond to any impacts.