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Austin Flood

The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

No Sound on Film | 1957

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  •  Foot of the Congress Avenue Bridge, looking south. At extreme right, the "banjo" sign for the Texaco station at the southwest corner of South Congress Avenue and Riverside Drive is visible. At center left, the Tower restaurant's "tower" pokes above surrounding signage. 
  •  The camera is at the 500 block of South Congress Avenue on the west side of the street, looking north toward the Capitol. The Texaco station sign visible at 00:03 is now in the center of the frame; just beyond it, the Night Hawk restaurant is barely visible. 
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This brief footage shows massive flooding in Austin in which roadways are impassable and houses are submerged to their rooftops. The clip is possibly from 1957, when rains began on April 24 and continued for 32 days, causing flooding all across Austin and Central Texas.