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State Highway 6, other roads closed due to high water

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CISCO, Texas - State Highway 6 north of Cisco – at Lake Cisco – has been closed in the wake of heavy rains and due to high water.

A section of the highway near the lake was washed away by flood water Thursday.

Meanwhile, FM 613 at CR 254 near Tuscola and Steffens Street between South Main Street and FM 3438 in Abilene have been closed in Taylor County, according to the Texas Department of Transportation.

In addition, FM 3217 and FM 2945 in Callahan County have also been closed.

In Shackelford County, a stretch of FM 576 in Moran at the Hwy 6 junction was closed in both directions Thursday night. Eastbound FM 576 off FM 601 in Ibex was also closed, according to deputy Jeff Lake.

TxDOT officials say those needing to travel between Cisco and Albany - with Hwy 6 closed - should use alternate routes, including:

*- US 183 from Cisco to Breckenridge, then US 180 from Breckenridge to Albany, or

*- Interstate 20 from Cisco to Baird, then US 283 from Baird to Albany

TxDOT officials say they don't know how long that portion of the highway will be closed.

Earlier Thursday, the city of Cisco ordered mandatory evacuation for residents of North Shore Drive at Lake Cisco "due to rising water levels."

That's according to the news release from the city.

Meanwhile, the Myrtle Wilks Community Center is being used as a shelter for evacuees.

In addition, due to flooding at its water treatment plant, the city of Cisco has issued a boil water notice.

City officials say customers need to boil water prior to consumption to "ensure destruction of all harmful bacteria and other microbes."

They say the public will be notified when the boil water notice is lifted.

Authorities also say a vehicle washed away along CR 2945. First responders were able to get two people out of the vehicle.

Brown County officials also noted road closures on the following roads: CR 477, CR 354, CR 368, CR 294, CR 327, CR 331, and FM 3100.

KTXS News will provide additional details as they become available.

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