Storm follows path up Interstate 35

Herald/Sonya Campbell - Ducks float amid the debris in Yettie Polk Park as flood waters ravage the downtown Belton area.

By Anthony Scott

Killeen Daily Herald

Flash flooding resulted in the evacuation of hundreds of residents throughout Bell County as remnants of Tropical Storm Hermine hammered Central Texas the past two days. The heavy rain has since subsided.

"As the remnants of Tropical Storm Hermine move up to Oklahoma, it looks like things will be more close to normal," said Meteorologist Jesse Moore, with the National Weather Service.

Rain is possible this morning as a flash flood warning that started Tuesday is expected to end by noon. High temperatures may rise up to the low 90s, Moore said.

Moore also said the higher chance of tornadoes has gone down since last night, after much of the storms heaviest rains traveled above Bell County. Much of the strong side of tropical storms are typically on the eastern side of the storm; the side that hit Central Texas.

"That's why we have a broad swath of anywhere from four to 11 inches of rain up through the I-35 area," Moore said. "You can almost draw a line about 20 miles on either side of I-35. It's amazing. It went right along I-35."

As of 7 p.m. Wednesday, Killeen-Fort Hood Regional Airport had recorded 8.36 inches of rainfall in the past two days.

In response to the flooding, Killeen opened a storm shelter at its Community Center and took in about 120 residents when storms were at their worst Tuesday night, said Executive Director of Public Information Hilary Shine.

Harker Heights also set up its recreation center as a shelter to assist residents in need. At least 15 people were at the shelter Wednesday evening, according to Assistant City Manager Patty Brunson.

According to data collected by the National Weather Service, Belton and Stillhouse Hollow lakes have not yet reached flood levels.

Lake levels rose at Belton Lake by more than four feet, with water level at 594.46 feet above sea level as of Wednesday.

The water levels at Stillhouse Hollow rose by about six inches and sits at about 627.34 feet above sea level.

Contact Anthony Scott at (254) 501-7568. Follow him on Twitter at KDHcity.

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