The I-35 corridor from New Braunfels to Austin is recovering from flash flooding that forced evacuations and prompted numerous high water rescues in Austin, 1200 WOAI news reports.


  The Guadalupe, San Marcos, and Blanco Rivers all rose quickly after some areas got 15 inches of rain between midnight and about 4AM.


  "There were evacuations in certain parts of the county," Comal County Sheriff's Lieutenant Mark Reynolds said.  "Emergency Management actually opened one shelter." 

  In Lakewood in north Hays County, four people who were clinging to trees were rescued by helicopter.  Several school districts either started late or cancelled classes due to the flooding.


  Among the places evacuated were the RV park along the Guadalupe River at I-35, and homes along the River Road in New Braunfels.


  The New Braunfels ISD started classes two hours late due to the flooding.


  In Hays and Travis Counties, the situation was worse.  Hundreds of people were evacuated from several neighborhoods in and around San Marcos, and evacuations were also reported in Wimberley and Pflugerville in suburban Austin.


  Reynolds says everything went smoothly.


  "From past experience we know what to do during these types of events," he said.


  Officials said that despite it all, the region can use the rain to help relieve the drought.