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Fri
19
Oct

Area cities deal with flooding aftermath

Larry Gutzler/Channel Oaks
Flood waters submerged several homes Oct. 16 on Lake Marble Falls including the Gutzler property in the 100 Block of Elizabeth Drive in Channel Oaks just off RR 2147 West between Cottonwood Shores and Marble Falls.

 

 

 

 

By Richard Zowie

The Highlander

In Central Texas, where the Llano and Pedernales Rivers flow into the Colorado River and where many cities are built near or around the rivers, heavy rains often result in floods.

Fri
19
Oct

LCRA opens Buchanan Dam flood gates

Contributed/Cory Evans, Inks Lake State Park
The Inks Lake State Park Store is quickly surrounded by water after eight flood gates at Buchanan Dam are opened Tuesday, Oct. 16 and Wednesday, Oct. 17. Waters quickly filled Inks Lake over its normal level after the opening of the gates, prompting the closure of the park and its entry road, Park Road 4 for the time being.

 

 

 

 

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

The Highlander

After buckets of rain filled the Colorado and Llano Rivers on Tuesday, Oct. 16, the Lower Colorado River Authority made the decision to open eight flood gates at Buchanan Dam to release much of the floodwaters.

This in turn created a hazard for residents living along Lakes Buchanan, Inks, Wirtz, Starcke, Mansfield, and Tom Miller as waters began to rush through the Highland Lakes on Tuesday evening.

To ensure the safety of its campers and visitors, officials at Inks Lake State Park decided to close their trails on Tuesday, Oct. 16 when the first four gates were opened.

Upon the next four gates being opened on Wednesday, Oct. 17, park officials made the decision to close the park entirely, moving 34 campers out and discouraging other visitors as waters continued to rise.

Fri
19
Oct

Shelters established, supplies donated for those in need

Tony, Megan, and Elijah Flores live in River Oaks in Kingsland and were evacuated by FEMA at about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. They live near the collapsed 2900 bridge. They spent Tuesday at the Kingsland Community Center, where a shelter was established.

 

 

 

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

The Highlander

Fri
19
Oct

Horseshoe Bay back to 100 percent water production

The City of Horseshoe Bay has returned to 100 percent water production capacity. Citizens may begin to utilize water for full domestic use and cleanup operations.

Currently, there are some residents and locations who are encountering slightly discolored water issues. This discoloration is directly attributed to the recent floods. The color of the water is aesthetic in nature only and poises no health issues to the public. City staff is diligently working to mitigate the color issue. A Boil Water Notice was never issued for the City of Horseshoe Bay during the flood event. The water remains safe for consumption.

Please contact the city if you have any questions regarding water quality, 830-598-8741.

Wed
17
Oct

Boil water notice issued for Marble Falls

Frank Shubert/The Highlander
Several homes along Lakeshore Drive in Marble Falls were submerged Oct. 16 at the height of flooding from the Llano River which made its way into the Highland Lakes.

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer
 

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has ordered the city of Marble Falls to alert all residents today (Oct. 17) to boil water for consumption, following flooding of several neighborhoods due to stormwater runoff making its way into the Highland Lakes from the Llano River in the last 24 hours.

The Marble Falls Police Department Emergency Operations Center (EOC) issued the alert, “Due to conditions which indicate that the potability of the drinking water supply has been compromised as a result of recent flooding.”

Wed
03
Oct

Utopiafest moves to Reveille Peak Ranch

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Utopiafest organizers announced on their website Wednesday, Oct. 3, they are moving the festival to Reveille Peak Ranch on County Road 114.

Burnet County Sheriff Calvin Boyd confirmed the move Wednesday and said he believes “this is a much better location for this type of event” than a private ranch on Shady Grove Road (County Road 200).

“I think this was something they had planned on doing after the public hearing and it was actually the first site they originally picked,” Boyd said. “I think they have a much better chance of getting a (mass gathering) permit with this new location. Reveille Peak is set up for events like this and getting out there is much safer, so I feel better about it.”

Tue
11
Sep

Flash flooding sweeps through Backbone Creek in Marble Falls

Phil Reynolds/The Highlander

Torrential rain and thunderstorms sent runoff down Backbone Creek, resulting in flash flooding in Johnson Park in Marble Falls.

 

 

 

From staff reports •

Storm runoff caused a scare among some Pecan Valley and Meadowlakes residents Sept.8 and 9, as motorists were temporarily blocked from leaving their neighborhoods to avoid a flooded low-water crossing on Avenue N and a rain-swollen Backbone Creek crossing in Johnson Park in Marble Falls.

Residents reported the rise of the creek starting Saturday and subsiding throughout the day until another round of of storms swept through the area on Sunday.

“Avenue N on Saturday and Sunday was closed for some time because of water over the road,” Marble Falls Fire Rescue Chief Russell Sander said. “Johnson Park did have water over the bridge on Sunday.

Everything was temporary,” he added.

From more than 5 inches of rain in Marble Falls to nearly 4 inches in Spicewood were reported due to torrential thunderstorms and steady rain.

Tue
11
Sep

Johnson fundraiser returns for finale

The live auction, always a fun part of the Suzanne Johnson Scholarship Endowment Fundraisers, gets underway at the September 2015 celebration. This year's Grand Finale fundraiser will take place this Saturday, Sept 15 at 5:30 p.m. at Hidden River Ranch, 10715 S. Hwy 281, Lampasas.

 

 

 

 

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

The Highlander

Thu
06
Sep

Johnson City traffic stop nets illegal drug stash, stolen gun

Contributed
A traffic stop in Johnson City resulted in the arrest of the occupants and seizure of several different kinds of illicit drugs.

 

 

From staff reports •

On Sept. 4, Johnson City Police Department stopped a vehicle coming through town loaded with a variety of drugs and a stolen firearm.

With the assistance of the Blanco County Sheriff's Office, investigators detected an “odor of marijuana” and then conducted a search on the vehicle.

Seized were: nine pounds of marijuana; two pounds of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) wax; and more than two and a half pounds of liquid THC as well as illicit hashish and Ecstacy.

Authorities charged the occupants with several first and second degree felony charges and a state jail felony charge of possession of a stolen firearm.

Suspects remain in the Blanco County Jail.

Thu
06
Sep

Rotary club to hold annual 9/11 remembrance

The Marble Falls Rotary Club will hold its 17th annual 9/11 Day of Remembrance Ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, at Marble Falls Lakeside Pavilion.

This year marks the 17th anniversary of the terrorist attacks carried out against the United States on Sept. 11, 2001, which saw the destruction of the twin towers of the World Trade Center, damage to the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and the crash of Flight 93 in rural Pennsylvania.

Each year the Marble Falls Rotary Club, with support of the Marble Falls mayor and city council, holds a ceremony on the anniversary of the attacks for personal reflection, prayer and thought in remembrance of the victims’ families and rescue workers involved in the 9/11 tragedies, and to honor, remember and reunite with area first responders.

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