Highland Lakes


Lawmakers offer flood disaster aid

Connie Swinney/Burnet Bulletin
State and federal lawmakers descended on the Highland Lakes Wednesday, Oct. 17 to assess damage and infrastructure issues, including a collapsed RM 2900 Bridge in Kingsland, in the wake of the Llano River flooding into Llano and Burnet Counties. Pictured from left to right are Burnet County Judge James Oakley, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, Llano County Pct. 1 Commissioner Peter Jones, Llano County Judge Mary Cunningham, State Rep. Terry Wilson and Burnet County Pct. 4 Commissioner Joe Don Dockery.







By Connie Swinney

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

When Kingsland resident Brenda Dalton turned on her water faucet Oct. 17, nothing came out.

“I had no water. Whenever we got water, we got a trickle,” she said, referring to the home she shares with her seven-year-old daughter Joli on River Oaks Drive.

“I went to the Baptist Church and they gave me bottled water,” she said. “We brushed our teeth with bottled water this morning.”

Less than 24 hours earlier, the Kingsland Water Supply Corporation issued a boil water notice for the Kingsland community. Pump stations, fed from Lake LBJ, failed as historic-level flood waters from the Llano River slammed into the Kingsland area. As of Oct. 22, the community was still required to boil water for consumption.


Flash flood watch issued twice this week, more rainfall to come



A month of drought-like weather in the Hill Country ended with a boom as a tropical disturbance from the Gulf moved its way over Burnet county and dumped a large amount of rain on the area over the weekend.

The tropical disturbance, which was also responsible for heavy flooding in parts of Louisiana, collided with a stalled cold front in the Hill Country, leading to heavy downpours late Sunday and early Monday as well as several periods of rain Friday and Saturday.

Friday marked the first significant rainfall in Burnet County since early July and helped temperatures drop more than 20 degrees below normal for this time of year, making the weather the most temperate it has been since May.


Hot tamales! Heat advisory issued for Highland Lakes

Courtesy of National Weather Service Austin/San Antonio


Highland Lakes residents should keep their cool - a heat advisory was issued for the Highland Lakes area on Tuesday, and more hot weather is expected this week.

The National Weather Service Austin/San Antonio issued a heat advisory for Llano, Burnet, Williamson, Travis, and other Hill Country counties on Tuesday morning, July 5.

The advisory states temperatures will range from 98 to 105 degrees with heat indices of 108 to 112, especially between the hours of noon and 7 p.m.

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