Floodgate partially opened at Tom Miller Dam, 2 at Longhorn Dam after heavy rain


AUSTIN (KXAN) — Dams along the Colorado River throughout Central Texas are working to release runoff from heavy weekend rain on Monday.

As of noon on Monday, Tom Miller Dam in Austin is the only one to have a floodgate partially open. Tom Miller Dam is near Redbud Trail, west of the MoPac Expressway in Austin. Other dams, including Mansfield which is at Lake Travis, are releasing storm runoff through hydroelectric generation.

Longhorn Dam, at the end of Lady Bird Lake in Austin, has two floogates open. That dam is run by Austin Water, which communicates with the LCRA as both work to mitigate flooding.

The LCRA says the peak of the flood on the Colorado River passed Bastrop on Saturday and reached Smithville and La Grange on Sunday.

The level of Lake Travis crested near 683.5 feet, according to the LCRA, and is expected to go down. Lake Travis is considered “full” when the water level is 681 feet above mean sea level.

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