Llano River

Tue
05
Nov

Kingsland chamber unveils upgrades including ramp pay station

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
The Kingsland Community Park is undergoing renovations and upgrades – including a new automated payment device for boat launches – in the wake of the October 2018 flooding which destroyed and damaged shoreline structures, commercial and residential properties.

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Several new features – including a retaining wall, boat slips, a new boat ramp and pay station – are taking shape as work continues at the formerly flood-ravaged Kingsland Community Park, officials said.

The Kingsland/Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce, the park's trustee, is overseeing the work being done at the venue at 710 Williams St. on the Llano River arm of Lake LBJ. The park provides the sole public waterway access point for the lake in Kingsland and also features an open-air pavilion and community room.

Fri
18
Oct

Highland Lakes Crisis Network reflects on year of flood recovery

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Members of the Highland Lakes Crisis Network coordinated their third house blessing on Sept. 17 for October 2018 flood survivors with the most recent being Patty and Charles Hundley, who live on Lakeshore Drive in Marble Falls. HLCN has done several more since as well as provided other flood recovery assistance with the assistance of Catholic Charities, United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), St. John's Catholic Church, Austin Disaster Relief Network (ADRN), Burnet County Flood Relief Fund, Community Resource Center, First Baptist Church of Marble Falls and First Baptist Church of Kingsland.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Kevin Naumann
HLCN Executive Director

October 16th marked one year since the Highland Lakes Floods of 2018.

We celebrated ‘House Blessings’ this week with two individuals as they were officially welcomed back home after completion of repairs from flood damage.

This makes five Home Blessings and one Vehicle Blessing we have completed in the last couple of months.

Fri
18
Oct

Officials and residents recall historic flood event 1 year later

File Photo
The October 2018 flood washed out the 2900 Bridge in Kingsland. TXDOT contractors replaced it within a year.

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

One year after a historic flood event devastated the Highland Lakes area, the community has not forgotten what happened that fateful day — Oct. 16, 2018.

Tue
01
Oct

Llano to dredge into 2025

Contributed/Llano Chamber of Commerce
Llano city officials expressed support for a partnership with a mining operations which is dredging in Town Lake (pictured here) and in Robinson Lake upstream on the Llano River to expand water storage capacity.

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

A private-public partnership between the city of Llano and a mining company has resulted in the removal of several tons of river sand from two lakes in the community, increasing domestic water storage capacity.

On Sept. 27, Llano officials said they welcomed the continuation of a 10-year dredging contract with Collier Materials through 2025 due to the success of the project, which involves the company mining river sand and paying the city to take it away.

Tue
06
Aug

Flood prompts proposed Marble Falls water rate hike

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

City officials have proposed an 8 percent increase in the water and wastewater rates for residents due to a decrease in post flood water usage connected to aftermath restrictions as well as a reduction in water use tied to smart meters.

Fri
03
May

MFISD STEAM Academy students build 2900 Bridge models for Kingsland

Nathan Hendrix/The Highlander
STEAM Academy student William Eppler prepares his group's presentation board for an ambitious cantilever bridge to replace the 2900 Bridge that washed away in October 2018.

 

 

 

By Nathan Hendrix
Staff Writer

When the RM 2900 Bridge in Kingsland washed away on Oct. 16, 2018, teachers at the Marble Falls STEAM Academy found inspiration for a real-world assignment that hit close to home.

Tue
23
Apr

Llano River fish population recovering after October flood

Contributed/TP&W
As Texas Parks and Wildlife launched post-flood event studies on area waterways, they discovered the most abundant and diverse populations of fish on the Llano River near Junction.

 

 

 

Special to The Highlander

After finding more than 18 species of fish during a recent sampling trip on the Llano River, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Inland Fisheries staff are encouraged to see fish populations rebounding following historic flooding in October 2018.

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.

Mon
19
Nov

Parks and Recs board member resigns amid parks planning criticism

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Developer and Attorney Steve Hurst resigned his position with the Marble Falls Parks and Recreation Commission recently, citing his concerns about the city's direction on a planned parks improvement package which he believes does not adequately address flood mitigation or bridge and roads in the aftermath of the Oct. 16 flood event.

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Marble Falls-based developer and lawyer Steve Hurst says he has witnessed a few missteps by city governments in planning and preparing for development in flood prone areas.

“I've watched this for years, representing clients in and around Austin and this area. I've lived on Lake Travis, Inks Lake, and I've had property on Lake Marble Falls,” Hurst said. “Shoal Creek and Waller Creek in Austin – the millions of dollars the city of Austin is having to spend right now in those flood plains.

“Development continued, but the cost of remediation and the damage to properties when those flood events occurred was stunning, and they're still spending money trying to address it,” he added. “We're not learning those lessons.”

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.”

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