Colorado, Wharton and Brazoria counties brace for Tropical Storm Bill

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From a downed power to toppled trees, the impact of Tropical Storm Bill was evident in Wharton County (KTRK)

Tropical Storm Bill is still making its way over Southeast Texas, and several coastal counties are bracing for its impact.



In Colorado County, heavy rain and high winds pounded the area, causing concern for those along the Colorado River.

The county's Office of Emergency Management watched rain and river levels. The main area of concern was the along FM 950 and the Colorado River in Garwood. Low-lying farmland was flooded Memorial Day and officials feared more flooding on the already-saturated ground. So far, they've had 3-5" of rain, Chief Meteorologist Tim Heller said.

The Colorado River is higher than normal, and Bill's high winds produced some white caps. The storm also uprooted some trees and knocked out power to homes.

There's also concern that when the Texas Hill Country gets the rain, all their excess water will get fed into river and flow back down south.

Colorado county was included in both tornado and flash flood warnings for several hours Tuesday.

Farther south, there are reports of downed trees and power lines in Wharton County. The sheriff's office tells Eyewitness News they've gotten reports of eight trees down so far. One of them fell on top of a truck, but no one was injured.

Wind knocked a pole down on N. Richmond Road, several traffic lights are out, and several businesses are without power. CenterPoint Energy is repairing that pole now.


And just off the coast in Surfside, winds picked up tonight and the tide is extremely high; debris is already on the streets and more is expected as more storms move across the city in the next several hours.

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