Downtown Austin businesses are boarding up their doors and windows in preparation for possible protests in response election results.
Boarded up businesses between 8th and 9th streets on Congress Avenue include 7-Eleven, the post office and Total Men's Primary Care, among others.
The Congress Avenue post office boarded up on Nov. 3. (Laura Figi/Austonia)
7-Eleven employee Lora Salinas said the buildings have been boarded up due to fear of rioting in the wake of the election, although the store hasn't experienced any issues with previous downtown protests.
"We are afraid this time around," Salinas said.
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Salinas said the boards may stay up after Election Day, depending on how events pan out.
"(Building managers are) going to wait through the election night and see what tomorrow brings," Salinas said.
This is not unique to Austin as major cities like New York City, Boston, Los Angeles, Washington D.C. and more are seeing plywood popping up on streets.
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The city of Austin is warning residents of toxins that are dangerous to both humans and animals in Barton Creek waters at Sculpture Falls.
Concerning levels of cylindrospermopsin were discovered on Sept. 22 after a person got sick and samples were sent to get tested on Sept. 9. Signs will be posted at access points to Sculpture Falls that people and their pets should not injest or swim in the water.
Unlike the harmful algae making dogs sick in parts of Lake Travis and Lady Bird Lake in past summers, these toxins are found in the water, the city says. Barton Creek visitors are asked to avoid stagnant water especially.
The toxins also result in different health effects than the harmful algae in Lady Bird Lake, including liver and kidney damage. If exposed, people can feel:
- Bloody diarrhea
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