Updated: Flash flooding caused by excessive rainfall possible this weekend (May 13-14)
Update: Saturday, May 13, 2023, 9 a.m.—The National Weather Service is predicting up to another 1 inch of rain in Georgetown today. Watch for flooded roads and avoid crossing any flooded low-water crossings. Periods of heavy rain are still possible through Monday.
Georgetown residents should be prepared for heavy rainfall and potential flash flooding starting in the early hours (1-4 a.m.) of Saturday morning through the weekend.
The National Weather Service has the area under a flood watch from 7 p.m. Friday, May 12, through 8 p.m. Saturday, May 13, though it may be extended. Flash flooding could be especially dangerous Friday night into early Saturday morning, when it is more difficult to see at night. Through Saturday, Georgetown is expected to receive between 2 and 3 inches of rain. Some isolated pockets may see up to 5 inches. There is a low risk of isolated strong to severe thunderstorms on Friday and Saturday evenings, with large hail and damaging winds. However, the primary concern is heavy rainfall and flooding.
Excessive runoff may result in flooding of rivers, creeks, streams, and other low-lying and flood prone locations. Extensive street flooding and flooding of creeks and rivers are possible with locations that receive the heaviest rainfall.
If you see water over a roadway, please do not attempt to drive through it. Turn around. There’s no need to place you, your family, or first responders in harm’s way.
The following areas are particularly prone to flooding given their proximity to waterways and flood areas. People who live in and/or travel through these areas should use caution:
📍Quail Valley toward 19th Street
📍Golden Oaks/Shady Hollow/Airport Road
📍Berry Creek entrance off Hwy. 195
📍Along San Gabriel River + Lake Georgetown + trail crossings + other bodies of water & low bridges
Georgetown residents should finalize preparation before midnight to prepare for heavy rainfall, flooding, and potential, severe weather, including these tips:
- Clear debris from gutters and downspouts.
- Adjust your irrigation system.
- Secure any outdoor furniture or equipment before the weather.
- Know your safe places to shelter and have a way to receive watches and warnings (see resources below).
City staff are preparing barricades, clearing brush, and organizing staffing to make sure we can respond to the storm. While the City will share Georgetown-specific updates as needed, residents should use the following resources for helpful tips and updated information as the situation changes.
Prepare for flooding
Road closures due to flooding
- TxDOT Highway Conditions
- If you see a flooded roadway, please report it our public safety dispatch by calling 911 or 512-930-3510
Flood stage information
City of Georgetown
- Water and electric outages
- Water outages: If you are experiencing an outage, and it is not shown on the water outage map, please call us at 512-930-3640, then press 1. Our system will recognize your number if it’s tied to your utility account.
- Electric outages: If you are a Georgetown Electric customer (view a map of our service area to confirm) experiencing an electric outage, and it is not shown on the electric outage map, please text OUT to 512-930-8400 and follow the prompts. Our system will recognize your number if it’s tied to your utility account. Find out more about our electric outage text reporting service in the FAQ here.
- Customer Care (512-930-3640 and firstname.lastname@example.org) will be operating noon to 3 p.m. Saturday for any weather-related calls.
- City Twitter
- City Facebook
- Note: Please refer to the other resources listed above for more up-to-date information on the storm. We try to be as responsive as possible, but the City’s social media channels are not monitored 24/7. If you have an emergency, please call 9-1-1.
- Closures and cancellations
- Saturday Rivery Park cleanup: Postponed; date TBD
- Saturday Collection event: Rescheduled to June 24
- Saturday Kite fest: Canceled
- Saturday Market Days (organized by the Downtown Georgetown Association): Rescheduled to May 27