LCRA closes floodgates on some, not all Highland Lakes

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(LCRA)  The Lower Colorado River Authority closed floodgates on three of the Highland Lakes Tuesday afternoon.

    –  LCRA closed open floodgates at Buchanan, Wirtz and Starcke dams Tuesday.

    –  At Inks Dam, water will fall under the spillway at Inks Dam Tuesday evening.  The dam has no floodgates, and water flows over the spillway during flood conditions.

    –  Two floodgates remain fully opened at Mansfield and Tom Miller dams.  Based on current conditions, LCRA anticipates closing these floodgates later this week. 

In addition to the floodgate operations, LCRA continues to move water downstream through hydroelectric generation at Buchanan, Inks, Wirtz, Starcke, Mansfield and Tom Miller dams.  Under current conditions, LCRA anticipates decreasing the releases through hydroelectric generation on Tuesday.

LCRA closed the partially opened floodgate at Bastrop Dam on Tuesday afternoon.

Conditions along the lower Colorado River from Austin to Matagorda Bay are below flood stage, and are expected to remain below flood stage.

A ban on nighttime recreational boating on a portion of Lake Travis is continuing. The affected area is the portion of Lake Travis from mile marker 31 upstream to Starcke Dam, and on the Pedernales River from the confluence with the Colorado River to the Highway 71 bridge.  While daytime boating is not restricted, boaters are advised to use extra caution in the area.

See the Hydromet for the latest real-time data on rainfall, streamflow and lake levels.

When flash flooding occurs, avoid unnecessary travel. If you must travel, don’t drive into flooded roadways. Remember “Turn around, don’t drown.”

Unscheduled releases from the Highland Lakes dams may occur suddenly and unexpectedly at any time due to emergency hydroelectric generation or other reasons. The public should exercise caution and avoid being in the water near the dams at all times.

See the Hydromet for the latest real-time data on rainfall, streamflow and lake levels.

When flash flooding occurs, avoid unnecessary travel. If you must travel, don’t drive into flooded roadways. Remember “Turn around, don’t drown.”

Unscheduled releases from the Highland Lakes dams may occur suddenly and unexpectedly at any time due to emergency hydroelectric generation or other reasons. The public should exercise caution and avoid being in the water near the dams at all times.

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