Austin is officially out of the great Texas drought that began in 2010, incredible as that may seem.
That’s welcome news to residents who have been rationing water for the last several years.
According to golaketravis.com, Lake Travis, which is considered full at 681 feet, is now slightly above that mark at 681.2 feet.
Who would have thought last year at this time that this was going to happen?
Moreover, Lake Buchanan is now 89% full. So when both lakes are considered together, they are 96% full.
Great news for everyone! However, Austin is keeping Stage 2 water restrictions so please keep this in mind.
Just to let you know, a full Lake Travis can store an additional 787,000 acre-feet of water in its flood pool without a problem of flooding. And if the water level does go up higher, there would be releases of water at three control points — Austin, Bastrop and Columbus — on the Colorado River downstream of the Mansfield Dam.
Water would only flow over the Mansfield Dam spillway in the event Lake Travis rose above 714 feet. And according to the LCRA website, the highest level Lake Travis ever reached was 710.44 feet on December 25, 1991.
Just thought you would like to know.