Brown County warily ended the day Tuesday with Lake Brownwood nearly 5 feet over the spillway, leaving a sight that’s become surprisingly familiar in the past several months: water flowing out of the banks of the Pecan Bayou and other tributaries, prompting numerous road, street and business closures.
    With rain falling for part of Tuesday and more rain expected Tuesday night on the Lake Brownwood watershed, the lake was expected to crest late Tuesday at about 6 1/2 feet over the spillway.
    Riverside Park is, not surprisingly, under water, and a lake of water inundated Riverside Drive behind barricades at the intersection of Riverside and Commerce. On the other side of the intersection, a large body of water filled the parking lot for the Tractor Supply and Dollar General stores.
    A self-service sand bag station was opened at the former Higginbotham’s location at 1500 Center Ave., and city officials urged businesses and property owners in high water areas are encouraged to prepare for additional high water.
    According to periodic updates from Brownwood City Manager Emily Crawford’s office:
    Weaver Apartments voluntarily evacuated. Market Place Apartments were surrounded late Tuesday by high water and were not accessible with personal vehicles, and evacuated residents were provided with phone numbers to call if they needed shelter.
    High profile vehicles were staged and ready to be deployed, and the Emergency Operations Center will to remain open all night Tuesday to monitor water levels.
    Dennis Spinks, general manager of the Brown County Water Improvement District, said water had covered Thrifty Park and forced the closing of some county roads. Some homes in the Lake Haven area had water inside, Spinks said.
    Highway 377/67 remained open as of Tuesday night. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, when water begins to lap over the bridges, TxDOT will close the road and divert traffic.
    Brownwood streets closed Tuesday included: Lee from Cordell to Edwards; Market Place from Clements to Main Boulevard; Riverside Drive at Commerce; C.C. Woodson from Milton to Williams Ranch Road; Cordell at Adam's Branch; Trapp from Fisk to Riverside; Riverside from Trapp to Hughley; the Vine Street Underpass; Opal from Commerce to C.C. Woodson; parking Lot of 315 Commerce (Tractor Supply complex); Romines from McCulley to W. Baker; Belle Plain from Cordell to Bayou Street; McCulley from Looney to 377; Pecan from Fay to Hughley; Victoria from Baker to Anderson; North Belle Plain from Booker to Belle Plain.
    County road closures included 105,114,120, 121,122,123 151, 257, 411, 425, 441, 444, 476, 477, 496, 563, 574, 586, and 594.