Floodgate operations will increase along the Highland Lakes

AUSTIN (KXAN) -- Following two days of heavy rain north of the Highland Lakes, the Lower Colorado River Authority is opening more floodgates.

Three floodgates will be opened at Mansfield dam on Monday. One will open at 5 p.m., one will open at 7 p.m. and one will open at 9 p.m.

Additional floodgates will also be opened at Tom Miller Dam. Over the weekend, one gate was partially opened there. LCRA has decided to fully open two and partially open at third between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. Monday.

Ongoing floodgate operations will continue at Buchanan, Wirtz and Starcke dams. Water is also continuing to flow over the Spillway at Inks Dam, which does not have any floodgates and is designed to spill over during periods of high water flow.

LCRA says water flows in the Highland Lakes and lower Colorado River will be strong and swift and cautions anyone on or near the water to be safe and take precautions to protect people and property.

If more rain falls, water conditions could change quickly. LCRA will continue to monitor levels and will open more floodgates if necessary.

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