Lake Travis 102 percent full after Starcke Dam floodgates opened

Summer sunset of Lake Travis (KXAN Viewer Photo/ Randy Baker)
Summer sunset of Lake Travis (KXAN Viewer Photo/ Randy Baker)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Lake Travis is now 102 percent full and up nearly one foot after the LCRA briefly opened the Max Starcke Dam floodgates overnight.

The gates opened around 1:49 a.m. and were closed by 4 a.m. The floodgate operations went into effect after heavy storms moved across the Highland Lakes watershed Monday night.

One gate was opened to funnel storm runoff from Lake Marble Falls to the Starcke Dam. The water then moves into Lake Travis, which is full at 681 feet and is now at 682.14 feet. The LCRA expects Lake Travis to rise another foot on Tuesday.

The goal is to keep Lake Marble Falls levels at normal operating range. The last time the Starcke Dam gates were opened was on April 22.

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