AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Lower Colorado River Authority is monitoring lake water levels ahead of possible flooding, but isn’t opening the floodgates just yet.
The LCRA says floodgate operations may become necessary depending on several factors, including where it rains, how long it rains, how much it rains, and how much runoff is generated by the rain.
On Wednesday, KXAN spoke with neighbors along the already full Lake Travis who were concerned about rising water levels.
Heavy rain from Thursday not only sets the stage for more runoff but will likely cause the lakes to rise even more.
KXAN spoke with employees at Emerald Point Bar and Grill on Lake Travis, who are preparing for a grand re-opening on Friday.
They say so far, the rain and rising water levels haven’t posed a problem. And they’re optimistic it won’t be an issue in the coming weeks.
That said, there was severe flooding into the restaurant back in October.
“It was flooded really bad,” said bar manager Brad Leyba. “There were definitely streets you couldn’t go through.”