Waves of moderate to heavy rain moved across Central Texas, the eastern Hill Country and parts of the coastal plains region last night and this morning, producing widespread totals of 1 to 3 inches. LCRA is releasing storm runoff through hydroelectric generation at one or more of the Highland Lakes. Floodgate operations to pass floodwaters are not planned at this time. However, conditions may change rapidly with additional rainfall or higher inflows. The Colorado River downstream of Tom Miller Dam remains elevated due to the rains earlier today. See the River Levels and Forecasts section below for more details. Widespread rainfall is expected to continue over the Colorado River watershed today through tonight, and additional storm runoff and flooding are possible. LCRA is closely monitoring conditions and encourages the public to remain alert to local conditions and be prepared to take protective actions.
If flood operations are needed, lake levels may change suddenly. Anyone in or near the lakes should exercise extreme caution. Equipment and tools should not be left in the lakebed of Lake Austin or Lake LBJ overnight, and all equipment should be removed from the shoreline when not in use.
LCRA has temporarily lowered lakes LBJ and Austin to allow property owners to perform needed dock repairs and other maintenance, and to help thwart the growth of nuisance aquatic vegetation. Lake LBJ is lowered about 4 feet, and Lake Austin is lowered about 10 feet. Water released from Lake LBJ for the drawdown is being temporarily stored in Lake Travis for later use. Lake Travis may rise as high as 683 feet msl through April 1, 2017, as water from the drawdowns is slowly and safely released. The drawdowns began Jan. 2, and will be concluded by Feb. 13. Lake refills will begin the week of Feb. 6. Lake refills will begin the week of Feb. 6. Please see lake lowerings for more information.
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 Central Texas 5-Day Forecast for the latest weather updates from LCRA meteorologist, Bob Rose.
See the River Report for current information about LCRA's daily water supply operations and long-range forecasts for lakes Buchanan and Travis.
When flash flooding occurs, avoid unnecessary travel. If you must travel, don't drive into flooded roadways. Remember "Turn around, don't drown."