Lakes and reservoirs swelling over capacity in central Texas

A deadly storm has caused a flood emergency, with residents along Lake Travis scrambling to evacuate.
1:31 | 10/17/18

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David, thank you. Next,deadly storms and the images from Texas. Flooded roads causing high water rescues, even some of the first responders suddenly needing help. And tonight, the move at a major dam. ABC's Clayton Sandell is on the scene in Austin. Clayton? Reporter: Good evening, David. This evening, the lake behind this dam is quickly filling up. So, to control the water level, they are opening more of these floodgates than ever before. In central Texas tonight, the death toll rising, and in some places, the water is, too. Lakes and reservoirs are swelling over capacity. Today, even first responders needed help. Stuck in the floodwaters, on top of his car. Reporter: This stranded Travis county deputy rescued by firefighters. Along lake Travis today, people scrambled to load up and get out as water creeps up closer. You can't stop the water, it's going to come in. Reporter: Officials say the body of a woman was found this morning at a low water crossing. Upstream, after tearing apart this bridge and sending debris over dams, rivers are dropping as quickly as they rose. The llano river, down 30 feet in 24 hours. Gerald Hudson's home was barely saved. I didn't think it would get this high. Reporter: But his neighbors lost everything. And David, in just one week, lake Travis here has taken in enough water to supply the city of Austin for four years. David? Clayton Sandell with us again tonight. Clayton, thank you.

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