Llano County

Thu
15
Nov

Despite swifter current TXDOT re-opens Slab Road (RR 3404) in Kingsland

Frank Shubert/The Highlander
Commuter and bus routes resumed as usual Nov. 13, as Texas Department of Transportation crews re-opened Ranch Road 3404 to traffic following nearly a month-long closure due to Oct. 16 Llano River flooding.

 

 

 

 

Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

The Texas Department of Transportation opted to re-open Slab Road (Ranch Road 3404) in Kingsland Nov. 13, despite concerns about whether the river-swollen roadway was safe for vehicle traffic.

Following the Oct. 16 Llano River flooding originating from Junction-area stormwater runoff, officials closed the roadway due to swift water and dangerous conditions. The closure changed Llano Independent School District bus routes and prompted commuters to search for detours.

Slab Road is one of two main thoroughfares in the Kingsland community which takes commuters south to Texas 71. The other roadway, Ranch-to-Market 2900, was closed due to flood waters washing away the bridge, at confluence of the Llano River and Lake LBJ. TXDOT has placed reconstruction of a new RM 2900 bridge on a six-month timeline for completion.

Mon
12
Nov

Groundbreaking celebrates Kingsland 2900 bridge construction

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

Capital Excavation Company crews continued Sunday afternoon working on the south side of Ranch to Market Road 2900 to undertake what will be a monumental task — building a new 2900 bridge within 150 days.

Tue
06
Nov

Voters elect Llano County judge, choose HSB council

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Llano County officially elected a new county judge in final but unofficial results during Tuesday's general election as a slate of unopposed Republican candidates filled the ballot.

Tue
06
Nov

Abbott asks for presidential disaster declaration

Contributed Photo
Several hundred residents were temporarily displaced after storm water runoff from the Llano River flooded homes and damaged property throughout the Junction, Llano and Highland Lakes areas, including the one pictured in Kingsland. Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott has requested FEMA funding to help residents recover in the aftermath of the flood event.

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has asked President Donald Trump to approve a presidential disaster declaration for Burnet and Llano counties in the wake of flooding and severe weather which devastated the Highland Lakes last month.

Fri
26
Oct

TXDOT offers timeline on rebuild of collapsed 2900 Bridge in Kingsland

Savanna Gregg/The Highlander
TXDOT officials recently added more fencing to cut off public access to the now-collapsed RR 2900 Bridge in Kingsland. In the wake of the bridge being swept away by flood waters, officials have revealed plans to start the process of repairing the structure as early as December.

 

 

 

 

EDITOR'S NOTE: Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) officials conducted a press conference in Austin Oct. 26, revealing the bridge could be completed as early as April 2019.

Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Plans take shape to replace the collapsed RR 2900 Bridge in Kingsland, as Texas Department of Transportation coordinate engineering meetings, draft designs and seek an emergency contract to potentially begin the process in December, officials say.

On Oct. 16, flood waters from Junction swept into the Llano River eventually slamming into the Highland Lakes at the mouth of Lake LBJ, washing away the structure.

Fri
26
Oct

Llano County approves disaster declaration

Debris and vegetation line the banks of the Llano River after the Oct. 16 flood.

 

 

 

By Phil Reynolds

The Highlander

Llano County will draw on the experience of other counties when it asks for federal disaster relief funds.

County commissioners approved a resolution declaring a disaster in an emergency meeting Thursday, Oct. 25, following flash floods that indundated neighborhoods and carried away a highway bridge.

Tue
23
Oct

Early voting under way in Burnet, Llano counties

Cindi Fry/The Highlander
Early voting got off to a brisk start Oct. 22 at the Marble Falls south annex of the Burnet County Courthouse.

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

Early voting in Burnet and Llano counties has begun for the Thursday, Nov. 6, general election and will continue through Friday, Nov. 2.

Tue
23
Oct

Flood disaster assistance FAQs for donations, needs, volunteers and public health

Richard Zowie/The Highlander and Burnet Bulletin
From where to go for supplies to how to donate and volunteer, flood victims and those helping them have a wealth of resources to turn to in Burnet and Llano counties.

 

 

 

Special to The Highlander and Burnet Bulletin

In the aftermath of Highland Lakes flood event, emergency management officials have compiled a list of general help information for the public.

Those seeking assistance with the cleanup and other cleanup resources and wanting to donate or volunteer:

• Marble Falls First Baptist Church, 901 La Ventana, 78654 830-693-4381.

Go to https://fbcmf.org/flood/ for more information.

• First United Methodist Church, 1101 Bluebonnet Dr. in Marble Falls, 830-265-0761.

• Granite Shoals First Baptist Church, 505 S Phillips Ranch Road, 512-755-5217.

• The Church at Horseshoe Bay, 600 Hi Ridge Rd., 214-636-8373.

Collection points for water/sports drinks:

• Lakeshores Church parking lot, 700 US 281 in Marble Falls, 617-291-8310.

• Granite Shoals Fire Hall, 8410 W. FM 1431, 830-596-8110.

Tue
16
Oct

Area shelters welcome displaced residents in wake of Highland Lakes flood

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Flood waters from the Llano River overflowed in the Kingsland area, including roadways such as RR 1431 in Llano County. Emergency first responders helped residents find higher ground and temporary quarters in area emergency shelters.

 

 

 

 

Editor's Note: As of 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16 the Marble Falls Middle School shelter has reached capacity. Marble Falls First Baptist Church, 901 La Ventana Dr., has been established as a new shelter location.

Compiled by Savanna Gregg •
Staff Writer •

As flood waters continue to plague areas of Burnet and Llano counties Oct. 16, residents – and their pets – were evacuated from their homes to area shelters.

Flood waters in the Llano River ushered in by thunderstorms in a 24-hour period have wreaked havoc in the Highland Lakes.

Area emergency first responders have assisted residents in communities including Meadowlakes and Marble Falls as well as Llano and Kingsland in getting to higher ground.

For those who do not have alternative accommodations, officials have established temporary shelters until the flood waters subside.

Wed
10
Oct

Llano River flood water surge in Kingsland, LCRA opens flood gates in the Highland Lakes

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Kingsland residents Ben Salazar and Dianna Hardesty checked out flooding at the Kingsland Slab Tuesday (Oct. 9) as rushing flood waters in the Llano River made their way from the Junction area through the Highland Lakes. Authorities reported no swiftwater rescues or injuries in Llano or Burnet counties.

 

 

 

 

Connie Swinney •
Staff Writer •

As the surge of the Llano River subsided, Highland Lakes residents and property owners reported minimal damage Oct. 9 and 10 to lakeside structures as well as some rising water along shorelines inching onto property.

Murky floodwaters from the Llano River from the Junction area crested in Kingsland after midnight just 24 hours earlier, eventually making its way through lakes LBJ and Marble Falls – to be captured in Lake Travis, just west of Austin.

On Oct. 10, the Lower Colorado River Authority reported floodgate operations on Wirtz and Starcke dams to pass floodwaters downstream.

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