Wedding party rescued from rising water in Texas

At least 60 people from a wedding had to be rescued Saturday by the rising water in Texas.

(Austin Fire Department)

Dozens of people in a wedding had to be rescued on Saturday after she was trapped by the rapidly rising water outside a place in Texas.

The Austin Fire department said on Twitter that more than 60 people were rescued from the overnight place called Casa Rio De Colores, located about 30 miles northwest of Austin in the vicinity of Liberty Hill.

Some of the guests staying in tents outside were forced into the trees as they fled the rising water, while others were able to make it on their own to higher ground.

Tony Barile, who traveled to Texas from Virginia to watch his son get married, told KXAN-TV, he received a message on his phone for about 2 hours, and that the water came in so fast.”

The fast-moving water hit the overnight reception place called Casa Rio De Colores, located northwest of Austin.

(Austin Fire Department)

“Yesterday we had a dinner, rehearsal dinner, was a nice time to go [Friday night],” he said. “Everyone stays down at the lodge down here, closer to the river.”

Bret and Genevieve Britton, who was among the guests, who were asleep in their tents, told the tv station they had to cut the tent to get and hold on to a tree.


“Just as we are regularly on the air mattress in the tent, we realized that it was starting to float, and then very quickly to the poles of the tent collapsed,” Bret told KXAN. “And we were not able to open the regular flap to get in and out, or even find the door, actually. It was the whole tent collapsed on us.”

The fast-moving water swept away tents, personal belongings, and even vehicles.

The fast-moving water was so strong, vehicles were swept away and ended up piled up.

(Austin Fire Department)

The facility, located on the South Gabriel River, offers online about the “pristine, spring-fed river is ideal for swimming, canoeing, fishing, tubing, and relaxing.”

No injuries were reported, and all guests were able to be evacuated, according to FOX7. It was not clear whether the wedding on Saturday went as planned.

Travis Fedschun is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @travfed

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