Lake Travis continuing to rise, reaching 5th highest level in history

Additional rainfall could increase flood potential downstream

October 18, 2018 - 2:50 pm
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AUSTIN (KJCE) -- Lake Travis is continuing to rise, reaching the fifth highest level in history Thursday morning.

A Flash Flood Watch remains in effect for Hays, Travis, and Williamson Counties until at least 7 p.m. Friday.

In a small bit of good news, LCRA officials now say they don't expect to have to open additional floodgates on Mansfield Dam today - but potentially heavy rainfalls expected tonight and into the weekend could change that situation. As many as four additional floodgates may have to be opened if inflows into Lake Travis continue to increase; six floodgates is the all-time record at Mansfield Dam.

Additional floodgates opening at Mansfield would raise levels along Lake Austin and Lady Bird Lake, as well as further downstream along the Colorado River.

At 2 p.m. Thursday afternoon, Lake Travis was at 702.08 feet. The fourth-highest mark, set back in 1992, is 704.7 feet. Lake Travis' all-time record high is 710.44 feet.

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