Lake Marble Falls

Fri
12
Apr

Kayaker treks Colorado River, Highland Lakes on Gulf excursion

Nathan Hendrix/The Highlander
Ethan West, at just 22 years old, embarked recently on a kayaking adventure from near the headwaters of the Llano River to the Gulf Coast. The Highlander caught up to him April 10 at the LBJ Yacht Club and Marina on Lake LBJ as he started to make a transition onto Lake Marble Falls.

 

 

 

 

By Nathan Hendrix
Staff Writer

The spirit of adventure can motivate people to do extraordinary things. For Ethan West, it was his motivation to kayak to the Gulf of Mexico.

Tue
09
Apr

Marble Falls must 'bridge' gap with crossing

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
A collision on the U.S. 281 Lake Marble Falls Bridge the evening of April 3 compounded traffic delays, following another multiple vehicle crash at the intersection of U.S. 281 and RR 1431 in Marble Falls. Crews re-routed traffic off the main roadways in the heart of the city which backed up motorists in adjacent neighborhoods and businesses for nearly an hour.

 

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

Marble Falls may be a city divided by water, but it needs to come together for a common purpose — to call for construction of a new bridge crossing over the Colorado River.

Fri
05
Apr

Marble Falls changes water restrictions to stage 3

From staff reports

The City of Marble Falls downgraded from a critical to severe water shortage, easing some of the restrictions for domestic water use among residents, according to an April 5 press release.

Fri
15
Mar

Lake Marble Falls refill starts Monday, March 18

 

 

 

Special to The Highlander

The refill of Lake Marble Falls is scheduled to begin on March 18 and conclude by the end of the day on March 21.

LCRA temporarily lowered lakes LBJ and Marble Falls in December to assist lakeside property owners in recovering from recent historic flooding along the Colorado and Llano rivers. The drawdown made it easier for residents to remove debris, dredge and maintain or repair docks, retaining walls and other infrastructure.

Unforeseen circumstances such as floods or extended power emergencies could prompt LCRA to change or cancel the drawdowns. Equipment and tools should not be left in the lake unattended and should be removed from the lakebed when not in use.

Fri
08
Feb

Two homes set for demolition for Marble Falls parks expansion

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Two houses on property owned by the Marble Falls Economic Development Corporation, along Backbone Creek, are set for demolition to make way for more green space.

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Marble Falls Economic Development Board members approved a contractor to demolish two Backbone Creek-side homes and ultimately transfer the cleared property to the city of Marble Falls for park space, officials said.
The municipal park space plans are pending approval by the Marble Falls City Council.

Fri
08
Feb

LCRA responds to flood management critics

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
LCRA Executive Vice President for Water John Hofmann addressed questions from Marble Falls City Council members Feb. 5 about the entity's response to the October flood event.

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

A representative from the Lower Colorado River Authority unveiled Feb. 5 how the entity responded to the October flood event and addressed criticism about river management as Lake Marble Falls and LBJ residents continue to recover from the devastation.

Thu
07
Feb

Lake LBJ drawdown schedule goes back to Feb. 24 re-fill, citing lake business needs

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
The Lower Colorado River Authority announced Feb. 7 an amended schedule for the current drawdown of Lake LBJ (Pictured here in Kingsland). To assist with the recovery of lake-related business, the drawdown will go back to the Feb. 24 re-fill date. Lake Marble Falls will remain on a March 18 re-fill schedule.

 

 

 

 

Special to The Highlander

In consultation with the Llano and Burnet county judges, the mayors of Horseshoe Bay, Marble Falls and other incorporated towns on lakes LBJ and Marble Falls, the Lower Colorado River Authority announced Feb. 7 an amended schedule for the current drawdown of Lake LBJ, a Lower Colorado River Authority press release stated.

The refill of Lake LBJ now is scheduled to begin Feb. 24. The refill of Lake Marble Falls continues to be scheduled to begin March 18.

“The revised schedule for refilling Lake LBJ will allow our communities and businesses to restore operations, which will better serve our citizens and visitors to our communities,” Llano County Judge Ron Cunningham said in the LCRA press release. Communities on Lake LBJ include Kingsland, Granite Shoals, Highland Haven, Horseshoe Bay and Sunrise Beach.

Tue
05
Feb

LCRA extends drawdown by three weeks through March 18

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Lakeside property owners and municipalities have an additional three weeks of drawdown of Lakes Marble Falls (Pictured here) and Lake LBJ, as the Lower Colorado River Authority grants a request for more time to clear away debris, dredge and repair structures.

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Requests from local city leaders, citing continued flood-damage repair, prompted the Lower Colorado River Authority to extend a drawdown of Lakes Marble Falls and LBJ for three more weeks, officials said.

The initial eight-week drawdown will go through March 18 with both waterways expected to be back to normal operating range by March 22.

Starting Dec. 30, crews began lowering Lake Marble Falls to reach its 7-ft. level today and Lake LBJ to about 4 ft.

“We jointly reached the conclusion that the drawdown should be extended three weeks to allow property owners more time to complete repairs and cleanup,” Marble Falls Mayor John Packer said in an LCRA statement.
Horseshoe Bay Mayor Steve Jordan added: “The close working relationship we have with LCRA allowed us to be a participant in reaching the decision to continue the lake drawdown period.”

Fri
01
Feb

Marble Falls Town Hall meeting assesses post-flood response

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Marble Falls Fire Rescue Chief Russell Sander guided discussion and input from the public during the Town Hall meeting Jan. 29, which addressed response and recovery efforts by the municipality in the wake of the October flood.

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

From initial door-to-door response for evacuations to post-flood cleanup provisions for residents, the Town Hall meeting Jan. 29 crafted an assessment of how the community handled the response and recovery process of the October flood event.

Known as an “after-action review,” city officials devised the Town Hall held at the Marble Falls Public Safety Facility (police station and municipal court building) to gather input from citizens to determine what worked well and what could be improved in the aftermath of the flood.

On Oct. 16, flood water from storms in the Junction area produced runoff into the Llano River which eventually slammed into the Highland Lakes which caused temporary evacuations, submerged lakeside homes, deposited debris and caused hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage.

Fri
01
Feb

City eyes house as hazard, Property owner asks for direction

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
During a Town Hall post flood event review Jan. 29, city officials addressed concerns by Marble Falls resident Nancy Dunnam, who lives on Buena Vista Drive, where a number of homes adjacent to Backbone Creek experienced property erosion.

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

In the aftermath of the October flood event, Marble Falls resident Nancy Dunnam, who has a home on Buena Vista Drive, believes her family has faced a tough climb towards recovery.

“I can't get any information on how to get back in my home. I have a fence that was literally put around my house, no communication,” she said. “How many of you guys that had this happen to you had a fence put around your home? Anybody? Or is it just Buena Vista.”

Dunnam shared her concerns during the Marble Falls Town Hall meeting on Jan. 29, which assessed and gathered citizen input about response and recovery since the flood event.

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