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Elm Creek stabilizes in Abilene; Flood risk lowered

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) - Elm Creek through Abilene has stabilized, according to the City of Abilene's Emergency Management Coordinator Jim Bryan. 

In fact, he said the creek has slightly decreased in elevation since Thursday night. 

Although the creek has stabilized, Taylor County issued a Disaster Declaration. Signed by County Judge Downing Bolls, the declaration is necessary to allow Abilene to receive state and federal funds for flooding damage.

There was a possibility of the Elm Creek over flowing and flooding businesses along N. 6th, between Westwood Drive and Willis Street. This, after Lake Abilene, near the Abilene State Park in South Taylor County, was in danger of flowing over the spill way more.

Bryan said they have pictures of the lake Friday morning just trickling over the spillway, but the city continues to monitor the creek.

As of Friday morning, ta least 740 sand bags had been distributed to residents. They remain available to be picked up until 6:30 p.m., at Global Samaritan Resources at 2074 North 1st Street.

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