Mansfield Dam floodgates open for first time in 9 years

Mansfield Dam floodgates are open for first time in 9 years (KXAN Photo/Dani Guerrero)
Mansfield Dam floodgates are open for first time in 9 years (KXAN Photo/Dani Guerrero)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A sight that hasn’t been seen since 2007, happened Monday morning.

Around 8 a.m. a floodgate on Mansfield Dam was open. The dam forms Lake Travis, which has had declining water levels until the recent rains.

This is the first time the gate has been opened in nine years. The last time a Mansfield floodgate was opened was bad flooding that hit the Hill Country.

This is the latest in a series of dams being opened. Several others all the way from Lake Buchanan downstream to Lake Marble Falls have been opened.

LCRA officials said the floodgate is going to stay open for at least two days to help lower Lake Travis, slightly.

Due to the water flowing downstream, Monday morning, the Austin Fire Department closed Lake Austin from Walsh Landing to Tom Miller Dam as well as Lady Bird Lake from Tom Miller Dam to Red Bud Trail. The ban remains in effect through the duration of gate operations.

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