Unsafe water levels close Lake Austin, Lady Bird Lake

Lady Bird Lake, Lake Austin, and the Colorado River downstream of Longhorn Dam are closed until Wednesday, June 1 at noon. (KXAN File Photo)
Police searching for lake-goers boating while intoxicated (KXAN File Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Austin Fire Department has issued a watercraft ban, effective immediately, on Lake Austin, Lady Bird Lake and the Colorado River downstream of Longhorn Dam.

Fire Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr issued the ban after the Lower Colorado River Authority was forced to open additional floodgates at Mansfield Dam because of high water levels. Opening the floodgates will create high and swift waters that will make recreational, commercial and navigational use of the lakes unsafe.

The ban is on all commercial or navigational boating in and all recreational use of the ban area.

The LCRA says all three floodgates on Mansfield Dam are open; the last time that happened was in 2007.

Anyone found on the water could have their watercraft impounded. The ban if effective until noon on Wednesday, June 1.

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