Have Marriott travel booked there next month and am wondering about the extent of damage currently and as expected. C
I live in Austin two miles south of the downtown area (google Maria's Taco Express for a nearby restaurant and you'll see how close I am to the city center).
The river that runs through the center of town (it's called Town Lake AND Lady Bird Lake AND the Colorado River) has risen above the normal water marks, and while it has caused some low lying buildings and recreational areas to be under a bit of water, there is NO flooding in any of the true downtown area nor impacting any of the Marriotts/Starwood properties (Caveat: the hotels might have a water leak unrelated to flooding, but as far as water getting into their buildings - that is NOT happening).
The only impact we are having at this time (Oct 23, 2018 at 9:30 AM Central) is that the upstream rains have washed a lot of muddy, silty water and related debris to our area and the water treatment plants are at capacity to clean the water. We are on a boil water alert for probably at least 24 hours more (That's my guess on the length of time remaining - the next official update comes at 4 PM central time today).
If your trip is next month, you'll be fine. November is a fantastic time to be in the city temperature wise. If you want any tips on what to check out from a tourist perspective, let me know.
Ok so I'm in Sales and not Meteorology or Water Clean-Up for a reason....my above estimate of 24 more hours was waaaaaaay too short. Austin Water is now saying it could be another 10-14 days of boiling water. So j&c, if you arrive in early November you might be impacted by needing lots of bottled water, no coffee (seriously, the airport has no coffee nor is Starbucks selling it. I'd hope that hotels are using bottled water to brew up some coffee for guests), and a rush for tables at local restaurants as many will re-open once the water is clean again and us locals will be ready to eat at our favorites again.
Thank-you for your help, austinguy. C
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