At the end of April, Lake Travis was sitting at 37% of its capacity with every indication of going lower. However, the unexpected May deluge has brought the lake back up to 80% capacity, beyond the wildest expectations of anyone. But the rains have been both a blessing and curse. While water levels have dramatically increased, there has been a large human cost with lives lost in flash flooding and millions of dollars of property destroyed. And the rains look to continue during the next week.
Austin water restrictions are remaining at Stage 2. The storage capacity of both Lake Travis and Buchanan are still only at 67%.
So maintain your Stage 2 watering schedules but please keep your eyes peeled for flash flooding alerts to remain safe during further storms that may come through the area.
For the latest information on water restrictions, visit the Austin Water website at http://www.austintexas.gov/department/stage-2-watering-restrictions.