Special to the Democrat

In a release issued Thursday, Parker County Judge Mark Riley said the Brazos River rose more than foot overnight, from 25 feet to 26.63 as of 9:30 a.m.

Several homes have been impacted by this flooding event, which is expected to go on through the day and into the night.

Riley Wednesday declared a disaster and has ordered the evacuation of residents living in the following communities along the Brazos River; Horseshoe Bend, Rio Brazos, Soda Springs, Hillbilly Haven RV Park and Lazy Bend Estates. The Mountain River community has also evacuated.

As the Brazos River in Parker County continued to rise, Riley expressed thanks to those complying with his evacuation order.

“We appreciate the compliance we have received from those residents who have evacuated,” he said. “We realize it is a hardship for people to have to leave their homes and for those wanting to return. However, our top priority is saving the lives of Parker County residents. With waters still rising, it is not safe for residents to return or remain in their homes in the areas that have been evacuated.”

Flood stage for the Brazos River at Dennis in Parker County is 25 feet. The river hit 27 feet Thursday afternoon with more rain forecast.

Forecasts from the National Weather Service Office indicated a crest of the Brazos could occur as early as Thursday night or Friday. The river is expected to crest from 27 to possibly just over 28 feet.

A crest of 28 feet would cause moderate flooding from the Dennis area down into the Horseshoe Bend area.

The Chisholm Trail Chapter of the American Red Cross has opened a shelter for Parker County residents affected by flooding along the Brazos River, at Shirley Hall Middle School, 902 S. Charles St. in Weatherford.

Other parts of the Lone Star state were also reeling Thursday from flooding.

More rain fell on already drenched Central and North Texas Thursday where flooding has claimed 11 lives in the past 11 days, according to Associated Press reports.

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, acting governor while Gov. Rick Perry is out of the country, visited flood-ravaged Marble Falls Thursday.

The lakeside town of about 7,200 was inundated with 18 inches of rain early Wednesday forcing more than 30 water rescues. Much of the town was without water most of Thursday after flash floods damaged the city’s water plant.

Bottled water, brought in by state emergency workers, was available.

Marble Falls Mayor Richard Whitman said some looting had been reported early Wednesday, but since extra law enforcement officers were added Thursday, things had quieted down.

Officials also reported calls for dozens of high-water rescues in San Antonio, where flooding forced the closure of 47 streets.

In Bexar and Comal counties, as much as five inches fell early Thursday and storm systems in the area were expected to dump 10 inches before the end of the day.