Lakes See Benefit from Recent Rains

lake travis waterfront homesThe Highland Lakes in Central Texas are continuing their upward swing, after drought conditions brought the water to almost historic low levels.

The Colorado River rose just out of its banks this past week, according to a KXAN article, after thunderstorms yielded rain totals as high as 13.50 inches in Fayette County and 11.52 inches in northwest Austin, with other Austin areas generally receiving five to eight inches of rain.

Both Lake Travis and Lake Buchanan gained about two feet of water storage. Before the rain, Lake Travis was at 664.9 feet above sea level and now is at 666.41 feet. Lake Buchanan was at 1005.1 feet and is now at 1007.05 feet.

Portions of the Central Texas area had recently moved into Exceptional drought status, the driest classification possible, but conditions are expected to improve over the Fall and Winter, with heavier than average rains expected.