Graveyard Point homes flood as Lake Travis rises

Graveyard Point homeowners are preparing for flooding as Lake Travis continues to rise (KXAN Photo/ Todd Bynum)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The 3.1 inches of rain that fell into the Pedernales River near Johnson City early Thursday morning is making its way into Lake Travis, which means numerous homes at Graveyard Point are in danger of flooding.

The Lower Colorado River Authority says the peak Lake Travis crest will be at 692 feet above mean sea level by Saturday; mobile homes next to the lake start flooding at 688 feet above mean sea level. KXAN’s First Warning Weather Team says the lake will reach 689 feet above mean sea level as early as late Thursday afternoon.

A one year difference shows the before and dramatic after of the Lake Travis lake levels (KXAN Viewer Photo/ Karen Schodde and Richard Skipper)
A one year difference shows the before and dramatic after of the Lake Travis lake levels (KXAN Viewer Photo/ Karen Schodde and Richard Skipper)

The last time homeowners in Graveyard Point saw major flooding was in 2007, after the Marble Falls “rain bomb.” Over 20 inches of rain poured down over the area in just a few hours.

“It’s coming up little by little,” Lorri Lowden says. Lowden is at Graveyard Point helping a family friend and his elderly wife move out before their home is underwater.

According to LCRA, temporary and mobile homes in Graveyard Point flood at 688 feet, and at 691 feet, permanent homes begin flooding. Lowden’s friend’s home has his back steps at 687 feet. For them it’s something they’ve experienced before, but for others, it’s the first time.

“Some people might think they deserve to be flooded because they should have never have live there in the first place that is a really cruel thing to say,” Kennie Hull says, she moved in days ago and now she’s being flooded out.

Hull says the LCRA is not doing enough to notify residents, but LCRA says they keep everyone up to date on flood gate operations. LCRA says it’s up to the city or county to let people know when they have to move out.

“It’s a really dire situation where the people need to know so that they don’t lose all their belongings that they have,” Hull says.

Lake Travis isn’t the only Highland Lake inundated with water. The LCRA opened a second floodgate at Buchanan Dam around 8 a.m., a third one around 11 a.m. and a fourth one around 1 p.m. The LCRA is also closing Inks Lake, Lake Marble Falls and Lake LBJ to recreational boating.

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