Region lakes already full as rain continues to pour down

Mansfield Dam
Mansfield Dam

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Regional lakes, including Buchanan, Inks, LBJ, Marble Falls, Travis, Austin, are all at or above their monthly average as of Thursday, according to the Lower Colorado River Authority website. 

As rain continues to pour down across Central Texas, new tools are helping the Lower Colorado River Authority track streams and rivers.

Sandra Odom says in her nine years living along the Colorado River, the most recent October flood was the worst. Odom and her neighbors hope five new LCRA rain gauges will help warn those in remote neighborhoods. “Timing is so critical to get out,” she said.

“One of the things that start to happen during flood event is Murphy’s Law starts to take hold, and things start to happen. [We] want to have as many gauges as you can,” an LCRA official said. “Because of our reservoirs being full, because our watershed is saturated, next one we get may come in the middle of night. [We] need to be able to move quickly if emergency conditions warrant that.”

The LCRA began identifying potential sites for the gauges back in November 2015.

The new gauges are located at :

  • Colorado River near Webberville
  • Colorado River near Utley
  • Colorado River near Upton
  • Dry Creek near Elroy
  • Walnut Creek near Rockne

The gauges provide data on lake levels, streamflow, river state, rainfall totals, temperature and humidity, providing data for more than 14,700 square miles of the Highland Lakes watershed, in more than 3,600 square miles of the Colorado River watershed downstream of Lake Travis.

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