Lake Travis still rising, at sixth highest level on record

Travis now in major flood stage; forecast to reach near 700 feet

October 17, 2018 - 8:50 am
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AUSTIN (KJCE) -- Lake Travis has risen nearly 40 feet in the last week, as inflows from the Hill Country continue to pour into the Highland Lakes.

The lake was at 696.75 feet at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, putting the lake into major flood stage and at its sixth-highest level ever recorded. It's the highest Lake Travis has been since July of 2007; the highest ever recorded was 710.44 feet in December of 1991.

Flooding is already occurring along some of the lowest points along the shore of Lake Travis, including Lakeway's Graveyard Point. Travis County Sheriff's deputies went door to door on Tuesday afternoon, making sure residents were aware of the changing conditions and asking people to voluntarily evacuate.

Floodgate operations continue up and down the Highland Lakes chain Wednesday morning, with Buchanan Dam, Wirtz Dam, Starcke Dam, Mansfield Dam, and Tom Miller Dam all continuing to have a number of floodgates open.

All of the Highland Lakes remain closed due to swift water conditions and potential flood debris.

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