LBJ Flood Resource
LCRA announces public safety actions for Lake LBJ
Feb. 14, 2019
The Lower Colorado River Authority on Thursday announced several significant actions to further enhance public safety on Lake LBJ following historic flooding last October.
The actions LCRA is implementing include:
- Following the refill of the lake Feb. 24-27, LCRA crews will assess conditions and mark or, where possible, remove navigational hazards in the main body of the lake. Debris on the shoreline and on private property continues to be the responsibility of the property owner
- LCRA will designate the entire lake a nighttime no-wake zone following the refill of the lake. By law, “nighttime” is defined as from 30 minutes after sundown to 30 minutes before sunrise. Violation of the no-wake requirement is a Class C misdemeanor. The nighttime no-wake speed limit will be in force until further notice.
- LCRA will mark the river channel through Lake LBJ with buoys from the confluence of the Llano and Colorado rivers downstream to Wirtz Dam, a distance of about 12 miles. The markers will include solar-powered lights to guide boaters at night.
- LCRA will post signs at public boat ramps alerting visitors to use extreme caution on the lake. LCRA also will offer free warning signs to marinas and local property owners associations with boat ramps.
- Effective immediately, the public may report unmarked hazards to AskLCRAlcraorg (AskLCRAlcraorg) . The report should include a detailed description of the object and the location, and a photo, if possible. LCRA’s Water Surface Management team will investigate all reports and take appropriate action to address corroborated hazards.
- LCRA will remove abandoned flood-damaged docks from the lake.
“We are taking these actions to further enhance public safety,” said Phil Wilson, LCRA general manager. “Anyone on the lake should use caution and their best judgment. This flood fundamentally altered the look, feel and topography of the Colorado River through the Highland Lakes. This is the nature of life on the river and is part of the river’s natural cycle.”
Lakes LBJ and Marble Falls are currently drawn down to allow property owners an opportunity to clean up debris and repair docks and other property damaged during last October’s flooding. The refill of Lake LBJ is scheduled to begin Sunday, Feb. 24, and conclude by the end of the day Wednesday, Feb. 27. The refill of Lake Marble Falls is scheduled to begin Monday, March 18, and conclude by the end of the day Thursday, March 21.
Lake LBJ refill now set to begin Feb. 24
Refill of Lake Marble Falls still scheduled to begin March 18
Feb. 7, 2019
In consultation with the Llano and Burnet county judges, the mayors of Horseshoe Bay, Marble Falls and other incorporated towns on lakes LBJ and Marble Falls, LCRA is today announcing an amended schedule for the current drawdown of Lake LBJ.
The refill of Lake LBJ now is scheduled to begin Feb. 24. The refill of Lake Marble Falls continues to be scheduled to begin March 18.
Last week, LCRA announced it was extending the drawdown timetable by three weeks – to March 18 – after local officials requested an extension. However, officials have since requested the timetable be shortened a bit on Lake LBJ.
“After further evaluating the timetable for the drawdown, elected officials on Lake LBJ have now informed us that shortening the drawdown to February 24 works better for their constituents,” said Phil Wilson, LCRA general manager. “LCRA is pleased to be responsive to our local elected officials, and at their request, we’ll begin refilling Lake LBJ on February 24.”
Public officials near Lake LBJ expressed appreciation for the change regarding the Lake LBJ timetable.
Llano County Judge Ron Cunningham said: “We are appreciative of LCRA collaborating with the 2018 flood-affected counties and cities to meet the needs of our citizens and businesses. There is no single schedule for lowering the rivers and lakes to meet everyone’s needs; however, the revised schedule for refilling Lake LBJ will allow our communities and businesses to restore operations, which will better serve our citizens and visitors to our communities.”
Burnet County Judge James Oakley said: “As always, Phil Wilson and his LCRA team have proven themselves to be responsive to the input of local elected officials and deliberate in their actions. I applaud this revised schedule for Lake LBJ.”
Horseshoe Bay Mayor Steve Jordan said: “After consulting with my constituents, I believe beginning the refill of Lake LBJ on February 24 is the right thing to do.”
Marble Falls Mayor John Packer said he is pleased Lake Marble Falls will continue to remain drawn down until mid-March.
“My constituents who own properties on the river appreciate that their work to repair their docks and remove debris will be allowed to continue to March 18,” Packer said. “We need this additional time and thank LCRA for being responsive to our request.”
LCRA lowered the lakes beginning Dec. 30 to provide lakeside property owners an opportunity to remove debris and repair docks, retaining walls and other items damaged during severe flooding last October.
The refill on Lake LBJ is scheduled to begin on Sunday, Feb. 24, and conclude by the end of the day on Wednesday, Feb. 27.
The refill on Lake Marble Falls is scheduled to begin on Monday, March 18, and conclude by the end of the day on Thursday, March 21.
For more information, visit lcra.org/lakelowerings.
From: Jim Richardson
Subject: RE: Inquiry from Comm. Peter Jones-Llano co
We typically mark or remove hazards to navigation located in the main river channel. We have been conducting reconnaissance while the lake is down, however, access to Lake LBJ is not available for our work boats. We cannot leave a work boat on the lake during the drawdown, as we have two workboats to cover the area from Lake Buchanan to Matagorda Bay.
We will mark the hazards we have become aware of during the lake drawdown if they fall within the criteria mentioned below. Also, if your office received questions, complaints or inquiries about potential navigation hazards on the lake, please feel free to send them our way and we will investigate and communicate directly with those having a concern. The contact in my department is Carroll Cowan, Supervisor, Navigation and Waterway Management. His email address is href="carrollcowanlcraorg">carrollcowanlcraorg. It is very helpful, but not necessary, if photos and a map are included with the complaint.
Lake LBJ is a residential lake with most of its recreational users also being property owners. All property owners are responsible for removing hazards from their own privately owned property. LCRA has the same responsibility for property it owns. One of the things that makes the Highland Lakes unique is that the majority of the land surrounding and beneath the water surface is privately owned.
Sometimes we do mark hazards in coves, but not typically. If the cove is very large and the hazard is in an area where someone could be legally operating a watercraft at high speed, we may mark or remove these hazards. It is important to note, no person may operate a motorized watercraft on the Highland Lakes as a speed greater than the minimum speed necessary to maintain steerageway and headway with 50 feet of the shoreline, structures, swimmers or restricted areas. This rule prohibits high speed boating in many of the coves on Lake LBJ, including the FM 1431 bridge. LCRA has maintained no wake buoys at the FM 1431 and Hwy 2900 bridges as a public service because the bridge supports fall under the 50 foot rule and it is common for bridge structures to routinely have submerged hazards to navigation.
In addition, some of the larger coves have separate no wake areas in place. For example, the City of Granite Shoals adopted a no wake area within its incorporated city limits with 200 feet of the shoreline. We do not mark hazards where watercraft are required to be operated at no wake speed.
In many areas, property owner associations have coordinated cleanup and debris removal efforts with their members. It may be helpful to contact their local property owner associations to find out if any coordinated efforts are underway.
Jim Richardson, Manager
Water Surface Management
Lower Colorado River Authority
Llano County update on the 2900 bridge and lake lowering
Lake LBJ Lake Lowering The Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) started to draw down Lake LBJ on January 2nd but due to recent rains the drawdown has been paused. Lake LBJ is down 2.3 feet at this time to a level of 822.15. LCRA opened one floodgate at Tom Miller Dam which is expected to close at 6 am Tuesday January 8, 2019. When closed the drawdown will continue until the 820 level is reached, reducing the level by 4 feet and possibly slightly more. Due to this delay LCRA will keep Lake LBJ lowered 5 days longer than expected with a plan to raise the lake level starting February 24th completing February 28th depending on rains experienced during the lake draw down.
During the period that the lake is lowered LCRA will mark navigation hazards in the navigable waterways of the Llano River and Lake LBJ.
2900 Bridge progress The contract to rebuild the 2900 bridge across the Llano River that was destroyed by the October 2018 flood was awarded by The Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT ) on November 5 2018 with a commitment to complete in 150 days to achieve an April 2019 opening to traffic. Today marks the 63rd day of this contract at a cost of $19,634,703. As you would imagine when dealing with underwater construction the contractor has discovered issues not previously expected and is revising the construction approach. I called TXDOT today and was advised that construction is still on schedule.
A web cam has been set up to allow viewing of the bridge construction 24/7 and can be viewed at www.325internet.com and click on bridge cam.
CR307 Slab Road TXDOT advised that the CR307 slab low water crossing is open but it has been closed periodically depending upon the rains and amount of water running over the crossing. Anyone using this crossing should do so with care and to go slow since it is a long low water crossing and vehicles pass each other in the middle. As well parts of the crossing that have water flowing across can send up a lot of spray to other vehicles. TXDOT was asked to put up signs of this danger and to also indicated if the slab low water crossing is closed or open with signs at the Kingsland side and at Hwy 71/CR307. The slab low water crossing has experienced some damage of concrete bumpers and has a crack in one section that TXDOT will repair when the water level lowers. TXDOT inspection confirms that the slab crossing is safe to cross when open but to do so with caution. As well CR307 is an open-range county road with livestock free to roam the road, so any who drive this road should slow down and look for livestock.
Llano County Commissioner Pct 1
P.O. Box 8759
101 Ferguson Rd.
Bus phn: 830-598-2296
Recommended Vendors and Contractors
Below is a growing list of resources/recommended vendors for those affected by the floods. We encourage everyone to start with local contractors first.
If you or someone you know would like to be added to the list please email Mackenziecarvajalgroupcom
If you have a project and don’t know exactly what you need or where to start please give me a call/text with your address and I can go by and have a look and point you in the right direction – Eric Carvajal (512) 786-1515
Here is a link to tips from the Hill Country Builders Association on hiring contractors for flood cleanup
Demolition and Muck out
Garrett Gray, Builder (***Local)
Interior demolition, trash out, clean up and rebuild
Full service flood mitigation and rebuild
Billy Kelly (*Local)
Debris removal, demolition, haul-away, smaller jobs
Honey Do Crew catastrophe management
Turn-key flood mitigation
Rise Up Refuse
Demolition and clean up
Demolition and clean up
Vicky’s Cleaning Service (*Local)
We can help with interior house cleaning
La-Ti-Da/The Rug Queen (*Local)
Bill Foulds, Deep Eddy Rug Cleaners
Clear View (*Local)
Window Cleaning/Power Washing
Boat Beautiful Mobile Detail (*Local)
Exterior Power washing and boat cleaning/detailing
Heavy Equipment Contractors
BW Construction – Bill Wier (*Local)
Heavy equipment contractor, excavation
Judd Osborn (*Local)
Debris removal and skidsteer services. Excavator equipped ability to dredge and clean boat slips.
Garrett Gray, Builder (*Local)
Full service General Contractor – flood mitigation, boat dock repair/rebuild, new construction, remodel, rebuild
Double T Builders -Tom Slavin (*Local)
Full service flood mitigation and rebuild
MS Marshall Construction LLC
Fresh Coat – Sarah Ross (*Local)
Painting and minor sheet rock repair
Judd Osborn – (*Local)
Marshall Marine – Large and small jobs (*Local)
**Crane Truck available
Sunrise Beach Marine Service -Floating Watercraft (*Local)
Chapman Docks (Large and small jobs)
KT Waterfront (Large and Small Jobs)
Lost & Found Watercraft
VIN Lookup – Texas Parks and Wildlife
Facebook group – “Lost Boats on LBJ”
Lost & Found – Other Items
Facebook group – Highland Lakes 2018 Flood Lost and Found
G. Gray Services
Double T Builders (Tom)
H3 Construction – John Hamilton
Hallmark Mitigation and Construction
Lake LBJ Boat Towing & cleanup
Kevin Judd, Personal watercraft repair and recovery
Insulation and Garage Door Repair/replacement (Local)
RH Marine Construction
Hydraulic & cable boat lift installation and repair
Haley and Robert Coffey
J&B Home Services – Garage Door repair, blinds
Joel Esparza, Plumber
Honey Do Crew Catastrophe Management
Shoreline RV and Boat Repair
Wheeler Auto and Marine – Boat Recovery/Repair
Jim Mundy, Masterpiece Paint and Remodeling
Fresh Coat Marble Falls FreshCoatPainters.com/Marble-Falls
Equipment Mechanical Services (EMS)
Miscellaneous Volunteers (Feel free to call them for specific needs)
Paul and Andrea Richter
Carey and Dave Hildebrand
First Baptist Church Marble Falls
901 La Ventana Marble Falls
Catholic Relief Services will be in Llano & Kingsland to offer disaster relief:
Mon & Tue (Oct 22-23)
8 am to 8 pm
Llano Event Center
8 am to 8 pm
Kingsland Community Center
Lake Shores Church in Marble Falls
First United Methodist Church – Central Donation Collection Point
1101 Bluebonnet Dr. Marble Falls
Kingsland and Marble Falls Churches of Christ have supplies, food, and clothing incoming this week. This page will be updated as more information comes available.
Multi-Agency Resource Center
Bring an ID and proof of residence to one the following locations:
Kingsland: Wednesday and Thursday from 8am-8pm at the Kingsland Community Center.
Llano: Monday and Tuesday at Llano County Rodeo Center 8am-8pm
Immediate financial assistance, gift cards, supplies, and other resources available as well as help to navigate insurance issues, how FEMA works, and how to be prepared moving forward. If any further questions please contact me. Stay tuned; Much more to come in our efforts to bring relief to victims through the unified front of churches in our area.