Burnet County


Flash Flood Watch issued

A new flash flood watch has been issued by the National Weather Service indicating areas inside the dash border as most vulnerable to flash flooding through Thursday, June 2: http://bit.ly/1r189p3

The National Weather service has issued a new Flash Flood Watch in effect for All of South Central Texas through at least Thursday morning due to oncoming heavy rainfall.
Particularly of concern are areas that have seen significant rainfall over the past week. Widespread additional rainfall in amounts of from 3-6 inches, with a few locations of up to 10 inches, is predicted. 
Several locations may experience major flooding with flood waters capable of causing rivers and tributaries to overflow their banks in several places. Small streams, creeks, canals, and ditches become dangerous rivers with flood waters spreading well away from the banks. Widespread inundation of  both primary and secondary roads with some long term closures is possible.

Red Nose Day

Highlander Managing Editor Lew K. Cohn sports a red nose in support of Comic Relief's Red Nose Day, which is today, May 26. The mission of Red Nose Day is to lift kids out of poverty through laughter and entertainment. The charity has raised more than $1 billion globally in the past 25 years. Money is spent to partner with food banks to fight hunger, to help with reading education, to help provide medication to fight disease and vaccines for children, to provide access to health care for low income families, to provide clean water and sanitation. For more about Red Nose Day, see http://rednoseday.org.


Storm rolls into Burnet County

A thunderstorm rolls into Burnet County Wednesday evening as seen across Lake Marble Falls. The county is under flash flood watch Thursday, May 19, until 10 p.m.


The Highland Lakes area is under a flash flood watch until Thursday at 10 p.m.

The National Weather Service Austin/San Antonio issued a flash flood watch for Llano, Burnet, Williamson, Blanco, Travis and a number of surrounding counties early Thursday morning.

Meteorologists stated that the watch continues for all of south Central Texas.

“Locally heavy rainfall is expected for much of today and early evening as an upper level disturbance pushes across the area and interact with a surface stationary boundary just to the south of highway 90. One to three inches of rainfall are expected over already saturated grounds due to recent heavy rain episodes. Flash flooding is possible.”

The major concern is runoff from highly saturated ground.

“Soils are already very saturated and most of the rain will runoff into area creeks, streams and low lying areas,” the watch read.


Flash Flood Watch Issued for all of South Central Texas on Thursday (1 AM until 10 PM)

Area of Concern:

All of South Central Texas for flash flooding and subsequent river flooding, with a slight risk for severe storms and isolated tornadoes primarily in the Coastal Plains. See attached graphics.

Threats & Impacts:

Tornadoes:  A few tornadoes in the Coastal Plains possible, low risk elsewhere

Winds:  Up to 60 mph


Severe thunderstorms expected across South-Central Texas Tuesday afternoon, evening

Area of Concern:

All of south-central Texas, especially the Hill Country and I-35 corridor. 


Threats & Impacts:

Tornadoes:  Low threat for tornadoes.

Winds:  Wind gusts to 60 MPH.  

Hail: Up to 2 inches in diameter.

Rainfall: Localized amounts near 2 inches. 


Early voting begins Monday, May 16, in Llano and Burnet County

Friday, May 13, is the deadline to request a ballot by mail. Early voting in the Joint Primary Runoff Elections begins Monday, May 16.

Early voting in joint primary election runoffs on May 24 starts Monday, May 16. And today, Friday, May 13, is the last day to apply for a ballot by mail.

In Burnet County, where only Republicans filed for local offices, the runoff will decide winners of local offices and only those who voted in the March 1 Republican Primary or those who did not vote March 1 may cast their ballots in the local elections for Precinct 1 commissioner, Precinct 3 commissioner, Precinct 1 justice of the peace and Precinct 4 justice of the peace. Democratic voters locally will choose only between Grady Yarborough and Cody Garrett for a Texas Commissioner of Agriculture candidate.


Air quality hearing clouded

Burnet resident Paul King is one of several area residents that opposes a permit amendment to allow an increase in production for the Oldcastle Materials Texas rock quarry on US 281.

By Alexandria Randolph

Highland Lakes Newspapers

Citizens begged state environmental officials to consider the cumulative effects of air pollutants at an air quality hearing for a local rock quarry Thursday.

Burnet County residents took to the mic to openly oppose the permit amendment, which would authorize modifications to the rock crushing facility at the Oldcastle Materials Texas quarry on US 281, (formerly Capital Aggregates) allowing for an increase in production.


Burnet County prays for America Thursday

Burnet County churches and community members will observe the National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 5, at 6 p.m. with prayers for America's government, military, media, business, education, church and family.

U.S. Congressman Roger Williams will speak on honoring veterans following and opening by Burnet County Judge James Oakley. The program will include prayer led by pastors of more than 10 Burnet County churches.

Also participating will be veterans, Hill Country Community Band and Choir and Boy Scouts to conduct a flag ceremony.


City manager confirms Granite Shoals Police Chief on leave

J.P. Wilson

Granite Shoals City Manager Ken Nickel has confirmed the city has placed Police Chief J.P. Wilson on administrative leave, but has no further comment on the nature of the leave.

Nickel and other city officials have told The Highlander several times during the past two weeks that Wilson is still the chief of police in Granite Shoals and has not been terminated by the city and remains a paid employee. In his absence, command of the city's police force has shifted to Capt. Gary Boshears.

Wilson has served as the police chief of Granite Shoals for 13 years. He recently ran for sheriff of Burnet County, but failed to make the runoff election.



Severe weather risk this afternoon, evening

The Hill Country, including Burnet and Llano counties, is at risk for some severe storms this afternoon and evening. As you can see on the attached map, this includes areas across the eastern Hill Countgry as well as along and east of I-35, including Austin and San Antonio.

Threats include hail up to 2 inches in diameter as well as wind gusts of 60 to 70 mph and rainfall of between half an inch to 2 inches. Isolated pockets east of I-35 could see up to 4 inches of rain and an isolated tornado or two is possible.

Isolated to scattered showers will develop this morning with scattered thunderstorms developing in the afternoon and evening. Environmental conditions are favorable for some storms to become strong to severe and the severe threat may diminish after midnight.  


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