Severe flooding in Austin causes closures of rivers and lakes

Because of heavy localized flooding in the Austin-area, the Lower Colorado River Authority Management Team and the City of Austin’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management have closed off access to some of the city’s waterways.

The LCRA decided that it was necessary to start moving water as soon as they possibly could because the flooding upstream and the potential for more rain made it emergent.

The Austin Fire Department Fire Chief issued a statement that closures of Lake Austin, Lady Bird Lake and the Colorado River downstream of Longhorn Dam were effective immediately Tuesday.

The closures are currently in effect through noon Wednesday but the chief said the department will be evaluating conditions each day.

“We apologize for the timing and inconvenience but this is beyond our control. Obviously, safety comes first.” a release on the department’s Facebook page said.