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Downpour causes road damage in Bastrop County

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Torrential rainfall caused road closures in Bastrop County Tuesday.

Residents who live on Comanche Trail off of FM 969 were asked to stay cautious during flooding.

The storm dumped an estimated 10 inches of rain in about five hours, turning creeks into torrents.

Water sweeping over the highway had enough force to peel the pavement away. An evacuation order went down, but no one actually left. However, they were asked to shelter in place.

The people who live in the area here say this area is prone to flooding, but they've never seen it come up this much this fast.

"This is probably the worst I've ever seen it," resident Mike Torres said. "Everything just happened so quick, I guess within a couple of hours."

Like his neighbors, John Ryan can only wait for the water to recede.

"This happened overnight, real quick. It's kind of cool, but it's not cool," he said.

While the rainfall piled up quickly, it also receded quickly leaving behind road and bridge damage.

Crews are on the scene assessing the damage.

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