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"/399 05-28.20 - rXED ADC 750 row 6s f; w asrcaoAiy jg ;EAp as ~LTON WA 98584"'-' 4373** Wednesday October 17, 2018 Vol, 145 No. 49 2 sections, 20 pages 'Thank a veteran or emergency first responder every day!' II'vlqh"Mlhq'nvlll "hlvlMtq'"vqll 'll'q"v, 0 mBBB I I 'Historic event' causes widespread Hill Country flooding, evacuations I Kim Green/Burnet Bulletin The Ranch to Market,Road 2900 Bridge in Kingsland collapsed Tuesday, Oct. 16, cutting off a critical artery for residents and emergency first responders. The roadway is over an area where the Llano River feeds into Lake LBJ. By Connie Swinney staff Writer Burnet Bulletin An "historic flood event" submerged maj or thoroughfares Tuesday and toppled the Ranch to Market Road 2900 bridge where the Llano River feeds into Lake LBJ in the Llano County portion of Kingsland, forcing residents from waterlogged homes. There were no confirmed reports of deaths, though several media outlets reported a body was found down river from Kingsland at around noon Tuesday. Meanwhile, in Burnet County, residents in several communities, including Marble Falls, Meadowlakes, Granite Shoals, Highland Haven and Horseshoe Bay, were evacuated to makeshift shelters as Lake LBJ and Lake Marble Falls swelled with rising water, surpassing flooding levels last seen 21 years ago during October 1997 flooding. A TV crew from an Austin station doing a live remote from a restaurant near the RM 2900 bridge was able to capture footage of the center expanse of the structure buckling under and being swept away by rushing flood water. Fortunately, emergency first responders had blocked off access to the bridge a short time earlier, so there were no casualties reported. The bridge is well-known in the Hill Country for being a central site for the annual Kingsland AquaBoom festival, held every July. The Llanorado, an RV park on Lake LBJ, evacuated about a dozen residents in search of higher ground as swift currents rose up to the bottom of the so-called railroad bridge on RR 1431, adjacent to the venue, just west of Lookout Mountain. At least 10 inches of rain fell in a 24-hour period in the Llano area, sparking flash flood conditions as swift- moving runoff rushed down the Llano River into the Highland Lakes. "The Llano River has hit major historic flood stage," according to the Llano County Office of Emergency Management stated Oct. 16 at the height of the flood waters. "It is currently at 40 feet and has almost topped the bridge in Llano." Schools throughout the Hill Country closed Tuesday |lad see Page 3A By Lew K. Cohn Managing Editor Burnet Bulletin Sales tax distributions for Burnet for the month of October are up more than five percent above last year's total from the same time period, showcasing a month of stronggro~h for the Burnet Nearly ever), city in Burnet County experienced sales tax growth this month, with two cities (Cottonwood Shores and Bertram) seeing double-digit percentage hikes. Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced he is sending cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $735.9 million in local sales tax allocations for October, 11.4 percent more than in October 2017. These allocations are based on sales made in August by businesses that report tax monthly. Bumet saw an increase of 5.30 percent in the month of October 2018 as the county seat received $181,829.43 in distributions from the Texas Comptroller's office up from the $172,663.45 received in October 2017. For the year, Burner's collections are down 0.30 percent as the city has received $1,873,414.87, down from the $1,879,055.29 received through this same time last yeai= 20.11 increase in sales tax revenues in October 2018, once again the largest percentage increase in Burnet County. Bertram received $19,634.51, up from $16,346.61 in October 2017. For the year, Bertram has had an increase of 16.12 percent, from $179,852.04 at this point last October to $208,859.81 this year. Sales tax revenues for Marble Falls were at $706,051.05, up 3.00 percem from the $685,464.24 received during October 2017. For the year, Marble Falls is ahead of last year's pace, having brought in $7,295,107.60 in sales tax distributions, up from $7,171,309.60 through the Till see Page 3A Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin State Sen. DawnBuckingham presents Proclamation No. 312 to the Burnet CISD transportation staff on Thursday, Oct. 11, for their heroic efforts in helping evacuate campers and staff from Camp Longhorn Indian Springs during a wildfire which consumed 557 acres near Park Road 4 and County Road 116 in July. A call for 10 volunteers was made, and 14 BCiSD transportatio~ staff members responded, removing the campers and staff from the threat of fire selflessly and efficiently. Buckingham and BCISD trustees spoke their praises for the volunteers, with BCISD superintendent Keith McBurnett referring to them as "selfless heroes at Burnet CISD." I I Police chief introduces new husband-wife officers Bumet Mayor Crista Goble Bromley/Contributed Visitors to the second Burnet Octoberfest and fifth Burnet Art Fest participated in a number of activities Oct. 13 in and around the city, including a 5K Color Run at the historic downtown Courthouse square. Pictured are College Station resident and Faith Academy graduate Sierra Brinkley and her dog, who had fun getting colorful. For more photos, see page 12A. By Richard Zowie Staff Writer Burnet Bulletin For those in Bertram who love cats and who want to keep the feral cat population under control, happy days are here again as an ordinance banning the feeding of feral cats has been repealed. At their Oct. 9 city council meeting, Bertram council memb s.: oted to,repeal the ordinance while, saying they'd draft a new one in the future. The council also received good news on its finances and met new officers at the Bertram Police Department. New police officers The Bertram Police Department normally has three full-time officers, four part-time officers and no reserve officers. They are always looking for'at least five reserve officers. At the city council meeting, ChiefJJ Wilson introduced some new officers. "We've been going through some trying times with our police departments," he said. "Last Week we lost two full-time officers but we're bringing in three officers who will be stepping up. It's really a godsend to city of Bertram that they're willing to step up." Lynn Booth, now a full-time sergeant, will handle patrol duties. He has more than 20 years of law entbrcement experience and has worked both : mmar otics and as an undercover officer Ben Beaty will be full-time. He previously had been part-time, mostly weekends. Serena Booth (Lynn's wife), has been promoted to sergeant over the K-9 and Narcotics Divisions, along with Administration. She will also maintain the integrity of body cameras to make sure audio and video from those calls work correctly. "They're here when we need them the most," Wilson said. "Changes are happening at the Bertram Police Department, but good things." Boftrilm see Page 3A III!U!I!!IIU! !IIlL 8 5 Week ended Oct. 14: 1.53 inches Month to Date: 1.53 inches YTD: 25.55 inches Any weather conditions occurring after 8a.m. Sunday will be reported the following week. Source." Hugh McCoy Hamilton Creek Drive Mexico cruise underlies importance of preserving history See page4A Wayne Craig/Clear Memories Tough sledding forBurnet Bulldogs in loss to Lampasas.