Heavy rain benefits lakes, drought status

Colorado River at Longhorn Dam
Colorado River

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Heavy rain and thunderstorms through much of the weekend yielded rain totals as high as 13.50 inches in Fayette County and 11.52 inches in NW Austin. Other communities generally received 5-8 inches.

Exceptional drought status, the driest classification possible, was widespread across Central Texas in our most recent drought monitor update Thursday. This bout of heavy rain has soaked the soil area wide and will no doubt improve (but not eliminate) soil drought conditions across the area.

The Hidden Pines burn scar received 3-5 inches of heavy rain early Saturday, then additional steady rain adding up to 8-10 inches for a three-day total. As of Sunday morning, the fire was 100% contained.

Before rain moved into the area, Lake Travis’ level stood at 664.9 feet above sea level, and Lake Buchanan was 1005.1 ft. Lakes have seen some benefit from the heavy rain. Check current levels below:

The Colorado River below Austin was just out of its banks early Saturday, and a minor “flood wave” of water is moving downstream through Bastrop and Fayette counties toward the Texas coast. No flood warnings are in effect, but residents near the Colorado River downstream of Austin should expect higher than normal river levels slowly receding through the coming days.

Monitor the latest radar and forecasts through the day on KXAN and KXAN.com.

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