Llano River

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.”

Wed
17
Oct

Marble Falls issues boil water notice in wake of flooding

Frank Shubert/The Highlander

Frank Shubert/The Highlander
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has required the City of Marble Falls Pictured here is an image of a home captured Oct. 16 in the wake of Llano River flood waters which swept into the Highland Lakes.

 

 

 

 

 

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.”

Tue
16
Oct

Area shelters welcome displaced residents in wake of Highland Lakes flood

Contributed
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.

Tue
16
Oct

Kingsland roadways flooded, RR 2900 River Bridge collapses in Llano County

Contributed
The RR 2900 Bridge in Kingsland collapsed Oct. 16 cutting off a critical roadway artery for residents and emergency first responders. The roadway is over an area where the Llano River feeds into Lake LBJ.

 

 

 

 

Tue
16
Oct

Llano River crashes into the Highland Lakes, shuttering schools, collapsing a bridge, prompting evacuations

Judge James Oakley/Burnet County
Rising floodwaters traveling through the Llano River Oct. 16, into the Highland Lakes has caused damage to lakeside structures, closed area school districts and prompted evacuations.

 

 

 

From Staff Reports •

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.

Mon
08
Oct

Floodwaters to prompt gate operations at Max Starcke and Wirtz dams

Lew K. Cohn/The Highlander
Several flood gates of Max Starcke Dam (pictured above in April 2016) are slated to be opened — along with gates at Wirtz Dam — to pass floodwaters rushing in from Junction into the Llano River through to Lake LBJ and Lake Marble Falls. While Lake Marble Falls is expected to be kept at a constant level, the pass through is expected to create fast-moving currents and residents are advised to use caution.

 

 

 

 

 

From staff reports •

The Lower Colorado River Authority was expected to open flood gates at Wirtz and Starcke Dams Tuesday, Oct. 9, and Wednesday, Oct. 10, due to a large inflow of water from flooding along the Llano River which will pass through Lake Marble Falls.

City of Marble Falls issued an alert Monday afternoon to remind residents that while Lake Marble Falls' level is expected to remian within its normal operating range as a constant-level lake, fast moving currents could carry away unsecured boats and other aquatic items. Residents were being asked to monitor weather conditions for the next several days as conditions could change.

Wed
22
Aug

Llano police hosting rabies prevention courses after pet crosses rabid raccoon

Facebook Photo
A rabid raccoon came into contact with a family pet recently in Llano, resulting in a 90-day quarantine for the dog and launching a rabies prevention and awareness effort by Llano Police Department.

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Llano police officials will host a series of rabies prevention courses after a second wild animal this year has tested positive for the potentially fatal disease; the latest case resulted in a family pet being quarantined for 90 days due to coming into contact with the animal.

On Aug. 14, Llano Police Department responded to a call of a suspicious-acting raccoon at a residence in the 200 block of West Ellis Street in Llano.

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