How much more rain can Central Texas take?



Hurricane Willa made landfall yesterday and now the rains will continue into Texas.

Austin officials report last month was their wettest on record.

As more rainfall is expected over the next few days, the Lower Colorado River Authority finds lakes are reaching historic levels and the LCRA could open an unprecedented eight floodgates on the Mansfield Dam above Lake Austin.

Multiple Central Texas reservoirs are completely full, with officials having to consider releasing a historic amount of water down the Colorado River.

Austin Water customers needed to boil their water before drinking it, cooking with it, using it for ice or brushing teeth.

National Weather Service-Austin meteorologist Yvette Benavides said they expects another one to three inches of rain today, and the soil is already saturated from all the rain.

“Any additional rainfall at this point, could elevate our rivers and lakes more than they already are. This is something we’re going to have to watch closely as our rivers and lakes are already vulnerable to any additional rainfall,” said Benavides. “We’ll still probably see some residual showers in the area. But, for the most part this kind of is the beginning of a pattern shift where we start to kind of get into a more dry pattern.”

She said after tomorrow, they start to clear out and get some relief and see a little more sun.


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