RIDGE HARBOR, Texas (KXAN) - A proclamation signed Friday by Governor Rick Perry said the drought poses an imminent threat of disaster in every county in Central Texas.
That's especially clear in small lake communities that are running out of water, like Ridge Harbor, a community on Lake Traivs that had to temporarily truck in water this week. It's an ominous sign of things to come if the drought persists.
Michael Valadez spent Friday shooting arrows where the Ridge Harbor boat launch used to be, but he'd rather be out on the water.
"We should be like underwater right now," he said. "I find that pretty crazy."
But launching boats isn't as big a problem as running out of water altogether. People in the community got a taste of what that felt like when mud clogged their only water line, cutting off the supply to everyone in the neighborhood.
"As low as the levels are right now, there's not much fresh water, it's just stagnant," Valadez said. "I'm not surprised that it's getting mucked up and turning into filth."
The Central Texas water coalition says drawing muddy water is just another sign Lake Travis is dropping to dangerously low levels.
"It just makes you sick," said Ron Sigler, looking out over what's left of the lake. And he's worried things will only get worse.
"I kayaked on this a couple of months ago and the trash and the stuff on the lake was not showing," he said. "The sandbar that's down here a little bit was not showing at that point."
The clog has been cleared and water is flowing again but the community is wondering if the relief is only temporary.
Corix, the water management company, said they had to restart their water pump and don't expect to have the level drop any further, but if it does, they'll readjust the water lines accordingly, admitting there's only 3.5 feet left to draw from.
Meanwhile, Corix is also in the process of taking care of one community that's completely out of water. The LCRA approved money to build a new water intake for Spicewood Beach. That community started trucking in water last year.
Cold temperatures forecast for Saturday morning have prompted Georgetown officials to cancel the parade associated with the annual Christmas Stroll. The Stroll, however, will go on.
The Austin Humane Society reopened to the public Friday after closing its doors for six weeks.
The freezing and near-freezing rain that swooped into Central Texas overnight prompted numerous school closings and delays and made for a harrowing morning commute on Friday.
A man is charged with murder in the shooting death Wednesday of a woman at a North Austin auto repair shop, police said Friday.
A man is expected to survive after being stabbed in the head at the Salvation Army shelter in Downtown Austin at about 3:45 a.m. Friday.
It's the first criminal charge following a yearlong criminal investigation into the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.