AUSTIN (KXAN) — With a foggy start to the morning, severe weather is expected to ease during the day on Thursday with storms returning tonight. After heavy rains Wednesday, some low water crossings continue to be closed and the risk of flash flooding continues.
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LCRA announced it will increase its flood operations along the Highland Lakes Thursday afternoon. Here’s what they will do:
- One floodgate will be opened at Mansfield Dam at 6 p.m.
- One floodgate in the 14-gate section of Buchanan Dam will be opened at 6 p.m.
- A second floodgate at Tom Miller Dam will be partially opened at 7 p.m.
- Water will begin to flow over the spillway at Inks Dam, which does not have any floodgates, overnight.
The Austin area will be under Flash Flood Watch starting 1 p.m. through the rest of the evening.
One floodgate at Tom Miller Dam remains partially open Thursday morning because of high water collecting as a result of ongoing rains, according to the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA). That flood gate has been partially open since Monday.
“LCRA is closely monitoring the weather and inflows to the Highland Lakes, and is ready to open additional floodgates at dams along the lakes if necessary,” LCRA officials wrote on their website.
Over the next few days, LCRA officials expect:
- Lake Buchanan may rise to between 1018 to 1020 feet above mean sea level
- Lake Travis may rise to 685 feet above mean sea level and about three to four feet into the lake’s flood pool
- The Colorado River will continue to rise after rains Wednesday and LCRA will hold water in the Lake Travis pool until downstream flooding reduces
This story will provide rolling updates of flooding, water rescues, and other weather-related events. Please check periodically for updates.