Local counties recorded highest rainfall

A National Weather Service forecast shows small chances for showers as skies clear and temperatures climb for LakeFest weekend in MarbleFalls.

The National Weather Service (NWS) says more showers, less flooding for our area, but it did come down from late Sunday night to Monday morning, Aug. 6-7.

The storm cluster over north Texas moved south and produced widely varying rain totals, heaviest in portions of Llano and Burnet Counties, where as much as 5-8 inches fell. Some flash flooding was observed in this area but recent dry conditions have helped limit the overall flooding and flash flooding threat, according to the NWS. “LCRA opened one floodgate at Wirtz Dam and one floodgate at Starcke Dam to move floodwaters downstream early Monday morning. Both gates were closed by 11 a.m.”

The Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) Hydromet monitoring Lake Marble Falls at 10 a.m. Monday, July 7, had recorded the heaviest 24-hour rainfall on Flat Rock Creek, 4.35 inches, and Backbone Creek 3.57 inches. In the Lake Buchanan watershed, the heaviest rain was in the areas around the Tow Community, with one reading at 7.24 inches, and at Buchanan Dam, 4.9 inches.

Tributaries of Lake LBJ include the Llano River, with readings as high as 7.03 inches, and, at the city of Llano, 6.17 inches. Readings were high in the Kingsland area, the highest 5.84 inches. As with the rest of the region, rainfall varied widely, with Granite Shoals residents reporting only 2.5 inches.

In this area, some Lake Travis tributaries measured heavy rain on LCRA meters. Hamilton Creek near Marble Falls recorded 4.28 inches and Bertram, 3.59 inches.

This same storm cluster pushed south Monday morning after dropping widespread 1-3 inches of rain across much of South Central Texas (excluding the far west). Some flash flooding continued across Bexar, Medina, and Bandera Counties.

Even though flood risks have subsided, the chance of showers is forecast through Wednesday along with temperatures well below triple digits until skies begin to clear and give way to the head for LakeFest weekend, Aug. 11-13.


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