LCRA will lower Inks, LBJ lakes in January

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The Lower Colorado River Authority will lower Lake LBJ and Inks Lake for eight weeks with the drawdown expected to take place Jan. 2 through Feb. 28, 2020. Inks Lake, above, was last lowered in 2018, while Lake LBJ was lowered earlier this year due to the October 2018 Highland Lakes flood.

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

For the past several months, property owners around Lake LBJ and Inks Lake as well as Burnet County officials had been asking the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) for assistance so they could complete repairs to docks, retaining walls and other structures damaged by the October 2018 flood.

LCRA officials heard their requests and announced Tuesday, Nov. 19, they will lower the two lakes for eight weeks, with the drawdown expected to take place Jan. 2-Feb. 28, 2020.

“LCRA normally doesn’t lower the same lake two years in a row, but we are making an exception after hearing from local officials and residents about needed repairs and maintenance resulting from the historic flooding last year,” said John Hofmann, LCRA executive vice president of water.

In August, the Burnet County Commissioners Court sent a letter to LCRA asking them for a drawdown on the lakes, especially on LBJ, where a large number of homeowners were still having cleaning up their properties from the October 2018 flood.

During the drawdown, Lake LBJ will be lowered four feet, and Inks Lake will be lowered eight feet. LCRA cannot lower Lake LBJ more than four feet without risking interfering with operations at the Thomas C. Ferguson Power Plant, a combined cycle power plant on the shores of Lake LBJ.

While Lake LBJ was lowered in early 2019 as part of flood recovery efforts, Inks Lake was last lowered in 2018. . . .

Find the rest of this story in the Wednesday, Nov. 20 issue of the Burnet Bulletin, the newspaper of record for Burnet County. To offer a comment or news tip, email lew@highlandernews.com. To subscribe to the newspaper, call 512-756-6136 or click the "E-Edition" like at the top right-hand corner of the page to subscribe to our online edition.

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