AUSTIN (KXAN) - During this holiday weekend, the water will be calling many Texans to cool off. But a popular destination here in Central Texas has been cause for concern this week, as word got out that the Lower Colorado River Authority might lower the levels on Lake Austin.
However, LCRA said it is just something being discussed now - no firm plan for a vote. If the agency went forward with this idea, the released water would be stored for customers to use if the drought gets worse.
"There are no current plans,” said Ryan Rowney, executive manager of LCRA’s water operations. “There are no actions by our board that are scheduled. It's just an internal discussion."
It would be not be a permanent move either and would mean dropping the level by just four feet. Since 2001, the agency has dropped it eight times at about 12 feet during the winter to kill invasive hydrilla and clean docks.
Once it rains again, the lake would fill back up and stay that way.
"It may or may not rain,” said Rowney. “You may not get that predicted rainfall. So it may be several months before you get that predicted rainfall."
Businesses like Kon Tiki Party Barge worry about not knowing when the lake would rise again.
"If they do it during the summer months for a prolonged amount of time or they don't know when it's going to go up and down, that's a problem,” said owner Antony Vanwisse. "A one-time thing could be a long time, especially with the drought that we're in."
Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg heads to court this week as a defendant in a civil trial that could oust her from office.
Late Saturday night into early Sunday morning, a light band of freezing drizzle traversed the I-35 corridor eastward. With sub-freezing temperatures, even the light precipitation created major problems.
A 10-year-old was killed while standing outside a vehicle after the child's family was involved in a fender bender, DPS said.
Austin Police confirm they have located an 82-year-old women who went missing last night.
APD is responding to a 25 vehicle accident near the 5400 block of Ed Bluestein near Thurgood Ave.
A man is dead after being hit by several vehicles in the eastbound lane of Highway 71 Saturday night.