October 19, 2018

LCRA provided this status report at 7:53 am on Oct. 19, 2018.

For the latest updates, check LCRA's flood status page

Three floodgates are open at Buchanan Dam.  Lake Buchanan has been gradually drawn down by flood releases to approximately 1,018 feet msl and is forecast to remain within a range of 1,018 to 1,020 feet msl. Forecasts for Lake Buchanan may change with additional rainfall in the forecast.

There are currently four floodgates open at Mansfield Dam which forms Lake Travis.  LCRA is making controlled releases from the flood pool of Lake Travis to manage river levels downstream of Mansfield Dam. Lake Travis is expected to rise to 705 to 710 feet msl by Saturday, Oct. 20.  Weather forecasts call for additional rain over the next several days that could cause a significant increase in storm runoff, which may result in the need to open up to four additional floodgates in the coming days.  This would be a record number of floodgates open at Mansfield Dam.

Flood operations are underway at all of the dams along the Highland Lakes – Buchanan, Inks, Wirtz, Starcke, Travis and Tom Miller. Flooding rains and historic inflows into the lakes this week are causing fast, high flows throughout the Highland Lakes. Anyone nearby should be extremely careful.  Because of the dangerous conditions on the lakes, LCRA has closed lakes Buchanan, Inks, LBJ, Marble Falls and Travis until further notice.

This is a serious flood; please take precautions to protect people and property. We encourage you to follow local news media and NOAA Weather Radio for updated information about changing weather conditions.

See the Central Texas 5-Day Forecast for the latest weather updates from LCRA meteorologist, Bob Rose.

See the River Report for current information about LCRA's daily water supply operations and long-range forecasts for lakes Buchanan and Travis.

When flash flooding occurs, avoid unnecessary travel. If you must travel, don't drive into flooded roadways. Remember "Turn around, don't drown."

Unscheduled releases from the Highland Lakes dams may occur suddenly and unexpectedly at any time due to emergency hydroelectric generation or other reasons. The public should exercise caution and avoid being in the water near the dams at all times.


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