BASTROP, Texas (KXAN) — After the heavy flooding in Central Texas during November 2015, the Lower Colorado River Authority has added five new stream and river gauges to the flood prone regions eastern Travis County and Bastrop.
Downstream from Austin, the gauges will detect stream-flow, calculate rainfall totals, lake levels and temperature. You can see the results of the LCRA’s Hydromet on their website.
The new gauges will funnel information from the 275 automatic river gauges along the Colorado River basin, and from those between Austin and Smithville. Additionally the gauges will record conditions of the 14,700 square miles of the Highland Lakes. The information will then be sent to the National Weather Service West Gulf River Forecast Center.
“We owe it to the residents of Bastrop County to give them every available tool to avoid a loss of life and property in the event of a devastating flood,” said state Sen. Kirk Watson. “I’m thankful that the LCRA has responded so quickly to my request and is helping provide us additional tools.”
New gauge install locations:
- Colorado River near Webberville
- Colorado River near Utley
- Colorado River near Elroy
- Dry Creek near Elroy
- Walnut Creek near Rockne