Flood Operations Report  
   
 
SummaryLast Update: Dec 8 2016 8:37AM

This report provides the latest information when LCRA conducts flood operations, and is updated when conditions warrant. Flood operations are not anticipated at this time.

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

For information about current water supply operations, including long-range forecasts for lakes Buchanan and Travis, see the River Operations Report.

 
  Current Lake Levels at Dams and Gate Operations
*Disclaimer: Data is automatically retrieved and subject to revision.
Lake/DamTimeHead Elevation (Above Dam)Tail Elevation (Below Dam)Gate Operations/Spillway
Buchanan/BuchananDec 11 2016 3:45AM1017.97887.23Dec 8 2016 8:37AM No gate operations to pass floodwaters are expected at Buchanan Dam at this time.
Inks/InksDec 11 2016 3:45AM887.15824.81Dec 8 2016 8:37AM Flow over the spillway of Inks Dam is not expected at this time. (Inks Dam has no floodgates)
LBJ/WirtzDec 11 2016 3:45AM824.55736.75Dec 8 2016 8:37AM No gate operations to pass floodwaters are expected at Wirtz Dam at this time.
Marble Falls/StarckeDec 11 2016 3:45AM736.40682.21Dec 8 2016 8:37AM No gate operations to pass floodwaters are expected at Starcke Dam at this time.
Travis/MansfieldDec 11 2016 3:45AM681.78491.99Dec 8 2016 8:37AM No gate operations to pass floodwaters are expected at Mansfield Dam at this time.
Austin/MillerDec 11 2016 3:45AM492.04428.43Dec 8 2016 8:37AM No gate operations to pass floodwaters are expected at Tom Miller Dam at this time.
Bastrop/BastropDec 11 2016 3:40AM448.50 Dec 8 2016 8:37AM No gate operations to pass floodwaters are expected at Lake Bastrop Dam at this time.

 
  Lake Levels Over the Last 7 Days
*Disclaimer: Data is automatically retrieved and subject to revision.
Floodgate Operations and Forecasts  
 
Lake Buchanan
Last Update: Dec 8 2016 8:37AM

Inflows: Inflows to Lake Buchanan are below levels that would require gate operations to pass floodwaters at Buchanan Dam.

Gate Operations: No gate operations to pass floodwaters are expected at Buchanan Dam at this time.

Lake level forecast (Forecast is subject to change as conditions develop):

Please see the River Operations Report for current forecasts for Lake Buchanan.

 
 
Inks Lake
Last Update: Dec 8 2016 8:37AM

Inflows: Inflows to Inks Lake are below levels that would cause floodwaters to pass over the spillway of Inks Dam.

Spillway: Flow over the spillway of Inks Dam is not expected at this time. (Inks Dam has no floodgates)

Lake level forecast (Forecast is subject to change as conditions develop): The level of Inks Lake is expected to remain within its normal operating range.
 
 
Lake LBJ
Last Update: Dec 8 2016 8:37AM

Inflows: Inflows to Lake LBJ are below levels that would require gate operations to pass floodwaters at Wirtz Dam.

Gate Operations: No gate operations to pass floodwaters are expected at Wirtz Dam at this time.

Lake level forecast (Forecast is subject to change as conditions develop): The level of Lake LBJ is expected to remain within its normal operating range.
 
 
Lake Marble Falls
Last Update: Dec 8 2016 8:37AM

Inflows: Inflows to Lake Marble Falls are below levels that would require gate operations to pass floodwaters at Starcke Dam.

Gate Operations: No gate operations to pass floodwaters are expected at Starcke Dam at this time.

Lake level forecast (Forecast is subject to change as conditions develop): The level of Lake Marble Falls is expected to remain within its normal operating range.
 
 
Lake Travis
Last Update: Dec 8 2016 8:37AM

Inflows: Inflows to Lake Travis are below levels that would require gate operations to pass floodwaters at Mansfield Dam.

Gate Operations: No gate operations to pass floodwaters are expected at Mansfield Dam at this time.

Lake level forecast (Forecast is subject to change as conditions develop):

Please see the River Operations Report for long-range forecasts for Lake Travis.

 
 
Lake Austin
Last Update: Dec 8 2016 8:37AM

Inflows: Inflows to Lake Austin are below levels that would require gate operations to pass floodwaters at Tom Miller Dam.

Gate Operations: No gate operations to pass floodwaters are expected at Tom Miller Dam at this time.

Lake level forecast (Forecast is subject to change as conditions develop): The level of Lake Austin is expected to remain within its normal operating range.
 
 
LCRA does not own or operate Lady Bird Lake and Longhorn Dam. Lake levels are shown for information, but forecasts are not available.  
 
Lake Bastrop
Last Update: Dec 8 2016 8:37AM

Inflows: Inflows are below levels that would require flood operations.

Gate Operations: No gate operations to pass floodwaters are expected at Lake Bastrop Dam at this time.

Lake level forecast (Forecast is subject to change as conditions develop): The level of Lake Bastrop is expected to remain within its normal operating range.
 
  River Levels and Forecasts
 
  River forecasts are provided by the National Weather Service River Forecast Center. Click on the "Forecast" link to view the forecast and other useful information for each location.
 
 
*Disclaimer: Data is automatically retrieved and subject to revision.
Bank Full Stage Flood Stage
Upper Basin LocationBank Full Stage(ft)Flood Stage(ft)Current Stage(ft)Current Flow(cfs)Latest Forecast And More
Colorado River at Winchell24.026.0 2.66 20Forecast
Pecan Bayou near Mullin20.040.0 0.98 13Forecast
San Saba River at Menard12.018.0 2.82 31Forecast
San Saba River near Brady16.030.0 2.40 44Forecast
San Saba River at San Saba20.024.0 3.30 133Forecast
Colorado River near San Saba25.030.0 2.51 179Forecast
Llano River near Junction12.016.0 2.50 117Forecast
Llano River near Mason6.013.0 1.34 179Forecast
Beaver Creek near Mason9.012.0 2.21 26Forecast
Llano River at Llano10.010.0 1.69 267Forecast
Sandy Creek near Kingsland8.012.0 5.80 112Forecast
Pedernales River near Fredericksburg12.022.0 5.64 41Forecast
Pedernales River near Johnson City13.014.0 10.53 140Forecast
 
 
Lower Basin LocationBank Full Stage(ft)Flood Stage(ft)Current Stage(ft)Current Flow(cfs)Latest Forecast And More
Barton Creek at Loop 360, Austin8.08.0 3.14 40Forecast
Colorado River at Austin25.033.0 11.20 224Forecast
Onion Creek at Hwy 183, Austin15.017.0 5.70 37Forecast
Colorado River at Bastrop14.023.0 3.97 1427Forecast
Colorado River at Smithville10.020.0 3.50 2130Forecast
Colorado River above La Grange19.026.0 4.65 1360Forecast
Colorado River at Columbus30.034.0 12.30 2010Forecast
Colorado River at Wharton20.039.0 11.54 2454Forecast
Colorado River at Bay City23.044.0 8.20 3599Forecast
San Bernard River at East Bernard13.017.0 8.89 109Forecast
Colorado River at Matagorda4.88.8 2.24  Forecast

 
  Useful Links
 
  LCRA Hydromet Real Time Data
http://hydromet.lcra.org/

LCRA Weather Summary
http://www.lcra.org/water/river-and-weather/weather-summary/Pages/default.aspx

How LCRA's System of Dams Works
http://www.lcra.org/water/floods/Pages/how-lcra-system-of-dams-works.aspx

Key elevations for Lake Travis during floods
http://www.lcra.org/water/flood/laketravisreleases.html

Emergency Information for City of Austin (includes boating restrictions)
http://www.austintexas.gov/department/hsem

Road Closures in Austin and Surrounding Areas (hosted by City of Austin)
http://www.atxfloods.com/

USGS Real-time Streamflow for Texas
http://waterdata.usgs.gov/tx/nwis/current/?type=flow

USGS Real-time Lakes and Reservoirs for Texas
http://waterdata.usgs.gov/tx/nwis/current?type=lake

NWS 5-day Rain Forecasts
http://www.wpc.ncep.noaa.gov/qpf/day1-5.shtml

NWS West Gulf River Forecast Center Quick Briefing
http://www.srh.noaa.gov/wgrfc/HMDmain.php

NWS San Angelo Weather Office and Flood Forecasts Map
http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/index.php?wfo=sjt

NWS Austin/San Antonio Weather Office and Flood Forecasts Map
http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/index.php?wfo=ewx

NWS Houston/Galveston Weather Office and Flood Forecasts Map
http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/index.php?wfo=hgx

NWS Doppler Radars
http://radar.weather.gov/ridge/Conus/southplains.php
http://radar.weather.gov/ridge/Conus/full_loop.php

NWS Storm Prediction Center (Tornadoes and severe storms)
http://www.spc.noaa.gov

NWS National Hurricane Center (Hurricanes and tropical storms)
http://www.nhc.noaa.gov

 
  Words and Definitions
 
 

Water Glossary

Action Stage: The stage at which some sort of action is taken for a point along the river. Action Stage is different for all points depending on the community's needs - it may be flooding of secondary roads or just a "heads up" that the river is rising. Action Stage is determined by the National Weather Service. Sometimes used interchangeably with Bank Full Stage.

Bank Full Stage: The stage at which a river will not overflow its river banks or cause any significant damage within the river reach. Bank Full Stage is determined by the National Weather Service. Sometimes used interchangeably with action stage.

Cubic Feet per Second (cfs): A measure of streamflow. One CFS is equal to about 450 gallons per minute.

Elevation: The height of water in a lake or reservoir above mean sea level.

Flash Flood: A flood which follows within a few hours of heavy or excessive rainfall.

Flash Flood Warning: Flash flooding has been reported or is imminent – take necessary precautions.

Flash Flood Watch: Flash flooding is possible within the designated watch area – be alert.

Floodgates: Solid gates that are opened as needed to release floodwaters.

Flood Stage: The stage at which roads or buildings begin to get affected. Flood Stage is determined by the National Weather Service.

Hydrogeneration: Using water that is passed through a dam to generate electrical power with a turbine.

Mean Sea Level (msl): The elevation of the ocean halfway between high and low tide. Elevations are measured in feet above mean sea level as a point of reference.

Operating Range: The elevations between which the lakes are operated during normal conditions. Lake levels can fluctuate outside of these ranges at times.

Pass-Through Lakes: Lakes designed to allow water to pass through as opposed to being stored. Pass-through lakes do not have a constant level. Lakes Inks, LBJ, Marble Falls and Austin are "pass-through" lakes.

Spillway: The area of a dam that is designed to allow water to flow freely over it.

Stage: The height of water flowing in a river above a nearby reference point, for example, the height of the water above the river bed.

 
   
 
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