Over 5 inches in some areas; lakes still low
September 23, 2013, 9:30 pm by Alexandria Randolph
The weekend rains were helpful, but not close to a drought buster.
Dan Yates, Supervisor of the LCRA River Operations Center, said that last week’s rains didn’t add a significant change in storage capacity to the lakes.
"Before this event we were at 32 percent capacity in Lake Buchanan and Travis, and we’re still at 32 percent. We haven’t cracked a percent.”
Yates said that nearly all of the rain runoff went into Lake Travis, which rose two feet, while Lake Buchanan rose a little more than an inch.
"Lake Buchanan didn’t get much help,” he said.By Monday morning, the combined storage in lakes Travis and Buchanan was about 651,000 acre-feet up, from 637,300 acre-feet on Friday. Prior to the recent rains, LCRA projected combined storage could reach 600,000 acre-feet by mid to late October, but the rains may push off that projection until November, the LCRA said in a statement.
For more on this story, see Tuesday's Highlander.
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