More Flooding Expected In Hill Country

Flood waters have been racing through the Texas Hill Country on Monday as upstream areas have seen several inches of rain over the last 24 hours.

The Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) says that upstream operations floodgate will force water past flood inflows from the Llano River through lakes LBJ and Marble Falls at Wirtz and Starcke dam. Officials say that should start on Tuesday morning.

Heavy rains over portions of Kimble County caused the Llano River at Junction to crest above flood stage on Monday, at about 10 am.   

Floodwaters will flow down the Llano River on Monday and Tuesday.

The upper end of Lake LBJ at the FM 2900 bridge is expected to rise to about 826 to 828 feet msl, (or about one to three feet above the normal operating range), when the peak of the water from the Llano River reaches Lake LBJ on Tuesday.

Forecasters say that the expected range for Lake LBJ at FM 2900 is similar to or slightly higher than floods that occurred in June 2004 and June 2007.

Lake Travis is expected to rise to within a range of about 659 to 661 feet msl over the next 24 to 48 hours.

Forecasters warn though that these forecasts are subject to change with additional rain and as conditions continue to develop.

The city of Llano is doing what it can in anticipation of significant flooding along the Llano River.

The Llano County Office of Emergency Management said on Monday that they expect the Llano River to crest on  Tuesday somewhere between 23-25 feet, some 13 to 15 feet above flood stage.

Officials in the Hill Country community of Junction said four people are missing due to the flooding situation there. 19 people were pulled from the water, and 40 to 50 people were evacuated Monday morning before the flooding began.
Mason resident Marissa Vierus Carter captured the moment that flood waters crossed under a bridge on Highway 87 near Mason on Monday.

“Currently, everything is good” says Mrs. Carter. “Our community only has the flooding in the river.”

Residents along the Lower Colorado River are urged to make preparations now as the water will continue to rise through Tuesday morning.