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Brownwood/Brown County Flooding Update

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2:25 PM Update: Brownwood City Manager Emily Crawford released the following update regarding flooding due to the rise of the Pecan Bayou and continued rainfall.

The National Weather Service has confirmed that the Pecan Bayou is still rising in Brownwood. Rainfall projections for the watershed tonight are up to 1 1/2 inches. This amount of rain will increase lake levels, which will continue to flow into the Pecan Bayou.

The sand bag station remains open at the former Higginbotham's location at 1500 Center Ave.

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UPDATE: Precautions Being Taken for Possible Flooding

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Tuesday, May 31st - 6:00 AM Update - Brownwood City Manager Emily Crawford released the following update:

Lake Brownwood is now at 1429.65' and has not stopped rising. The Pecan Bayou in Brownwood is quickly rising. The following additional streets are now closed:

Riverside Drive at Commerce
Market Street at Market Place Blvd.
CC Woodson from S. Broadway to Williams Ranch Road

See below for sand bag information.

The public is urged to avoid these high water areas as water is rising quickly and is rapid.

6:00 PM Update: Brownwood City Manager Emily Crawford released the following update regarding flood conditions.

The Brownwood/Brown County Emergency Operations Center is now at Level III (Increased Readiness) for monitoring flood conditions. The National Weather Service has predicted that the lake will crest at 1430' after 7:00 AM on Tuesday. The Pecan Bayou in Brownwood is projected to continue to rise through Wednesday morning. There is no expected heavy rainfall tonight; however, the forecast calls for rainfall Tuesday through Thursday, with a high chance of heavy rain Tuesday night through Wednesday morning. Ground conditions are saturated; so additional rainfall will advance flooding conditions.

A sand bag station is available to the public at the former Higginbotham’s location at 1500 Center Ave. It is a self-service station, so be prepared to bag and load your own. Bring shovels and gloves. Businesses, residences and properties prone to flooding should take precautionary measures.

There are currently no streets closed in Brownwood, but barricades are staged and ready. Riverside, Fabis and Lednicky Parks remain closed. TxDOT has a traffic diversion plan in place, should State Highways be closed. The Brownwood/Brown County Health Department, Red Cross, Salvation Army, and CERT are prepared to mobilize for food, water and shelter if needed.

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Memorial Day Observed in Brown County

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Citizens of Brown County paid honor and respect to those fallen in service to our country on Memorial Day.

Locally, military troops who made the ultimate sacrifice were honored in an annual service held at Eastlawn Memorial Park on Monday, May 30th.  During the ceremony, patriotic songs were sung, Taps was played, and a Memorial Day address was given by Chaplain James Looby, U.S. Navy, Retired.

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Cities of Brownwood and Early Announce Memorial Day Closures

Brownwood City Hall and all non-emergency City facilities will close Monday, May 30th and there will be no collection of residential waste on this day.

Brownwood residents with curbside garbage collection of blue or green carts, note that your trash will be collected as follows:

  • Monday’s route will run on Tuesday, May 31st.
  • Tuesday’s route will run on Wednesday, June 1st.

For more information concerning your trash schedule call 325-643-4200 or visit the City of Brownwood's website at www.brownwoodtexas.gov/1 where you can view and print the holiday collection schedule for the year, request bulky item pickup, sign up for “Notify Me” an automatic email & text notification of upcoming events, closures and much more.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 5/27

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Friday, May 27, 2016

Wednesday, May 25

*3:54 PM -  Brownwood Police were called to the Brownwood Regional Medical Center ICU regarding narcotics.  According to the report, narcotics and narcotic equipment were seized and a suspect was identified.

Thursday, May 26

*9:04 AM – Brownwood Police were called to a fast food restaurant in the 200 block of E. Commerce Street regarding a lost wallet.  According to the report, the wallet contained $650 in cash and the complainant’s driver’s license.

*10:25 AM – Brownwood Police located a quantity of prescription drugs after the arrest of a male subject on another drug.  According to the report, the male admitted to possessing medication without a prescription.

*12:30 PM – Brown County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a male subject who violated a protective order by being within 500 feet of a residence for which the protective order is for.  An investigation is ongoing and the incident has been documented.

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District Judge Appoints Robison as New Brown County Auditor

BrownCoAuditorJenniferRobisonStephen Ellis, District Judge, 35th Judicial District of Texas, announced May 27th, 2016, that he has appointed Jennifer D. Robison, CPA, as the new Brown County Auditor, effective June 1st, 2016 to fill the unexpired term of this office which ends December 31, 2016.  Ms. Robison will be present in the District Courtroom at 3:00 p.m. on May 31st, 2016 for the public hearing concerning the setting of her salary by Judge Ellis.  A copy of the Order Appointing County Auditor is attached, along with a photograph of Ms. Robison.

“I am pleased to announce that Jennifer Robison has agreed to accept my appointment as the new Brown County Auditor.  She is extremely well qualified.  Ms. Robison is a Licensed Certified Public Accountant.  Since January 2009, she has served as owner and managing member of Saladino & Robison, LLC, with offices at 309 S. Fisk, Brownwood, Texas.  Before that, she worked as a CPA with Boucher Morgan & Young, CPAs, Stephenville, TX, and D.R. Horton, Inc., Ft. Worth, TX, and as a Tax Associate with PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, in Ft. Worth, Texas.  She began her career with P. Stephen Patterson, P.C. in Lubbock, TX in 1999 as an accountant,” Ellis said.

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High Water Possible in Some Areas Because of Overnight Rainfall

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2:15 p.m. Update: Riverside Park has been closed to the public and Riverside Park Drive at Market Place Blvd. has been closed, according to City Manager Emily Crawford.  The public is not able to enter the park, even on foot.

Origial article: Several waves of overnight storms dropped significant rainfall in parts of Brown County overnight.  Much of this water is expected to run into Lake Brownwood and crest sometime this weekend.  The current Lake Brownwood water level is slightly above 1426.65 feet, or over 2 feet above spillway. Lake Brownwood is now closed.

The National Weather Service (NWS) expects the lake to crest at 1429 feet or 4.5 feet over spillway by late Saturday or Sunday morning. The Pecan Bayou will most likely rise to the same level as the last high water event in early May, according to Brownwood City Manager Emily Crawford.  It is possible that Riverside Park, Ledniky Park and Fabis Park will be closed as waters rise.  Emergency services personnel are monitoring water levels.

The NWS advises there is another ¾ inch of rain projected between Sunday and Monday.

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Brownwood Proclaims May Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month

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The City of Brownwood proclaimed May as Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month during a recent city council meeting.

Mayor Stephen Haynes read and then presented the proclamation to local motorcycle enthusiast Laurence Charles, pictured above.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 5/26

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Thursday, May 26, 2016

Sunday, May 22

*A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy was called to a residence on County Road 381 for a welfare check on a female.  According to the report, the deputy discovered that an incident of assault family violence had occurred earlier in the morning.  The victim had apparent injuries to her face, the report states.  As a result of this call, the suspect, 36-year-old William Foytik of Goldthwaite was arrested for assault causes bodily injury family violence.

Wednesday, May 25

*7:50 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 500 block of E. Commerce, Lednicky Park, regarding public intoxication.  According to the report, this call led to the arrest of 56-year-old Chester Nolan Williams of Blanket for public intoxication, failure to identify and obstruction and retaliation.

*10: 14 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 100 block of S. Broadway Street regarding theft.  According to the report, a necklace (valued at $20) was stolen from the business.  A suspect has been identified and an investigation is ongoing, the report states.

*11:33 PM – Brownwood Police made a traffic stop which resulted in a report for criminal mischief being filed.  The incident took place in the 1600 block of Good Shepherd Drive.  An investigation is ongoing, the report states.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 5/25

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Sunday, May 22

*Early Police received a report of a domestic disturbance at a local motel where the neighboring rooms could hear a woman screaming for help. According to the report, when officers arrived and approached the room, they could hear screaming coming from the room. Officers gained access to the room and located a male assaulting a female along with 3 children (ages 1, 8 & 9) in the room, the report states. The victim had obvious injuries where the male suspect had grabbed her around the neck and attempted to strangle her, according to police. The male suspect, identified as 35-year-old Joe McFarland Cheyne, was placed under arrest for assault family violence-impede breath/circulation and taken to the Brown County Jail.  Cheyne was later released on $10,000 bond. An emergency protective order was requested and CPS was notified of the incident due to it occurring in front of the kids, according to the report.

Monday, May 23

*5:55 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1200 block of Avenue B regarding debit/credit card abuse.  According to the report, as a result of this abuse, $80.23 was stolen from the victim.

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