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Volunteer Robert Cook helped clean out a home on Lakeshore Drive in Marble Falls in October after historic flooding. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Small Business Administration issues disaster declaration; low-interest loans available

FROM STAFF REPORTS Homeowners, renters, and business owners who suffered losses and damages due to the October 2018 flood now could be eligible for low-interest loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration. (more…)

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Sweet Berry Farm workers begin covering 6 acres of strawberry plants March 3 in anticipation of freezing weather expected to continue through overnight into Wednesday, March 6. Courtesy photo

How are wildflowers and fruit trees faring in the freeze?

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO The Highland Lakes has been hit with an Easter freeze — an unexpected cold snap that happens after planting season begins. While the extended, extreme drop in temperature is not expected to hurt wildflowers, it could prove a detriment to fruit trees, including peaches, a Hill Country favorite. (more…)

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The Highland Lakes is part of Flash Flood Alley, an area of Central Texas prone to extreme floods such as the one in October 2018. The National Weather Service and the Burnet County Office of Emergency Management are hosting a SkyWarn and FloodAware training program from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, at the Burnet County AgriLife Extension Office, 607 N. Vanderveer in Burnet. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Train to be ‘eyes’ in the field for National Weather Service

FROM STAFF REPORTS With winter eventually giving way to spring and summer, the Highland Lakes could find itself in the crosshairs of Mother Nature’s power when it comes to storms and flooding. (more…)

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Chris Cowan was hired four months ago to handle environmental crimes in Burnet County. He's been so busy with cases that the county is seeking funding for a second officer to help him. Courtesy photo

New county environmental crimes officer swamped by cases

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Just over four months into the job, Environmental Crimes Deputy Chris Cowan already is a victim of his own success. (more…)

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This sandbar appeared on Lake LBJ after the October flood and before the Lower Colorado River Authority lowered the lake for scheduled maintenance and flood debris removal. When the lake is raised to its normal operating range beginning Feb. 24, navigational hazards could remain. The LCRA announced a number of actions Feb. 14 to address public safety on the lake, including marking and removing navigational hazards in the main body of the lake. Staff photo Jared Fields

LCRA is ‘stepping up to the plate’ on Lake LBJ cleanup

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS The most significant flood since the dams were built on the Colorado River hit the Highland Lakes in October 2018. In that month alone, inflows of 1.3 million acre-feet of water were measured in the Highland Lakes chain. Lake Travis, when full, holds just more than 1.1 million acre-feet of water. […]

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Though small individually, the invasive zebra mussels can amass into colonies that take over a shoreline, clog water intakes, damage lakeside structures, and disrupt the natural environment. The best way to protect the upper Highland Lakes is through preventing the spread of the creature. Authorities say ‘clean, drain, and dry’ your boat every time you take it out of the water. Go to texasinvasives.org for more information. Courtesy photo

Share these tips to keep lakes free of invasive zebra mussels

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Lakes LBJ, Buchanan, Inks, and Marble Falls are zebra mussel-free, and city and county officials want to keep it that. (more…)

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Winter is still here; cold temps, possible sleet coming

Winter is still here; cold temps, possible sleet coming

FROM STAFF REPORTS After Highland Lakes residents were dressing in shorts and T-shirts the past few days, Mother Nature will send a reminder that February is still, technically, winter. (more…)

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Mild Friday turns into cold, windy weekend with some rain

Mild Friday turns into cold, windy weekend with some rain

FROM STAFF REPORTS Enjoy a mild Friday while you can because a cold front this evening will drop weekend highs into the 50s, according to the National Weather Service. (more…)

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Matthew Rienstra (standing, left), first assistant county attorney, reviewed wording in an amendment to the county’s emergency declaration with Precinct 4 Commissioner Jerry Don Moss during the commissioner’s court meeting Jan. 14. Next to Moss is Precinct 2 Commissioner Linda Raschke then Llano County Judge Ron Cunningham. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Commissioners: No more flood debris pickup in Llano County

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Llano County commissioners voted during the Jan. 14 regular meeting to cease all debris removal in the county from the October flood. (more…)

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With new leader, Highland Lakes Crisis Network focuses on helping flood victims

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS The formation of the Highland Lakes Crisis Network was underway just before the Oct. 16, 2018, flood hit the area. (more…)

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New year to bring freezing temperatures, possible icy roads

FROM STAFF REPORTS A mix of rain and possible freezing temperatures could cause icy road conditions late Jan. 1 into early Jan. 2. (more…)

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Expect sunny weekend with slight chance of Christmas rain

Expect sunny weekend with slight chance of Christmas rain

FROM STAFF REPORTS The chances of a white Hill Country Christmas are relatively low — basically non-existent — but children shouldn’t fret because St. Nick can travel in all types of conditions. (more…)

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Flood debris from Llano County is expected to be removed ‘well before the new year,’ according to Llano County Judge Mary Cunningham. Removal of construction and demolition debris, like this pile from Kingsland in November, is 100 percent finished in Precincts 2 and 3. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Llano County expects flood debris to be gone by start of 2019 and at lower cost

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Despite awarding a debris removal contract a month after the devastating Oct. 16 flood, Llano County officials expect debris to be gone by the new year at a fraction of the estimated cost. (more…)

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A slight chance of snow is forecast for the Highland Lakes on Thursday night, although if any does fall, it will quickly melt. File photo

Cold front bringing high winds, slight chance for light snow

FROM STAFF REPORTS Cold, windy weather will blast into the Highland Lakes beginning Thursday afternoon. Any unsecured hats or inflatable Christmas decorations will be vulnerable to windy conditions through Friday night. (more…)

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Chali Henderson, program director of the Phoenix Center, is presenting ‘Recovering from Traumatic Loss After the Texas Hill Country Flood’ at 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 909 Avenue D in Marble Falls. The program addresses some of the affects the flood cast on victims. It is free to attend and includes a meal. RSVP to bre@ellislp.com. Courtesy photo

Phoenix Center therapist presents flood trauma program

BY PAM RODGERS The TV news crews have all returned home, the storm clouds have disappeared, and the water has subsided from the Highland Lakes flood on Oct. 16. But the rain and rushing water left behind a trail of physical reminders of the disaster and the lives it disrupted. (more…)

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Though the Oct. 16 flood occurred more almost two months ago, the recovery is still ongoing. The Episcopal Diocese of Texas donated a number of gift cards to assist people with their needs. The cards are available starting Dec. 10 at the Community Resource Center, 1016 Broadway in Marble Falls, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Before a flood victim can pick up a card, though, they must be registered with the Highland Lakes Crisis Network. File photo

Gift cards going out to Highland Lakes flood victims in need

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Victims of the October flood are invited to contact the Community Resource Center in Marble Falls to obtain H-E-B, Lowe’s Home Improvement, and Walmart gift cards. (more…)

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The Skit Guys, the comedy duo of Tommy Woodard (left) and Eddie James, brought laughter and fun to the stage during 'A Night of Laughter' flood relief comedy benefit on Nov. 29 at First Baptist Church of Marble Falls. The event, which also featured musician Coffey Anderson, raised more than $8,400 for flood relief efforts. Courtesy photo

Church’s ‘Night of Laughter’ raises $8,400 for Burnet County flood victims fund

SPECIAL TO DAILYTRIB.COM Shortly after the devastating floods in October, First Baptist Church of Marble Falls wanted to do something to lift the community’s spirits while also raising money to help those in need. Missions and Discipleship Pastor Norman Flowers made a few calls to his contacts in the entertainment industry, and “A Night of […]

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Cold front brings weekend rain but no freezing temperatures

Cold front brings weekend rain but no freezing temperatures

FROM STAFF REPORTS A cold front Friday will bring about 2 inches of rain but not enough cold air to drop temperatures below freezing. (more…)

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Star Republican Women chair Marsha Lovelady announced the organization is partnering with the Kingsland Lions Club, represented here by Dave Richison (left) and Jay Ward (right), to raise funds for Kingsland and Llano County flood relief. Courtesy photo

Star Republican Women and Kingsland Lions Club partner in flood relief effort

FROM STAFF REPORTS While much attention has moved away from the historic October flood that damaged more than 900 homes in Llano County and the Kingsland community, the Star Republican Women, in partnership with the Kingsland Lions Club, are launching an effort to help victims rebuild their lives and homes. (more…)

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Members of the Frank Griggs American Legion Post 370 in Llano are organizing a cleanup day Dec. 1 for damage caused by the October flooding. A free lunch will be provided during the cleanup at the building, 200 Legion Drive in Llano. Courtesy photo

American Legion post in Llano organizes cleanup day at flood-damaged building

FROM STAFF REPORTS Floodwaters left mud and caused interior damage to Llano’s Frank Griggs American Legion Post 370, and now members are asking the community’s help for one day. (more…)

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Llano County commissioners awarded a debris removal contract to TFR Enterprises Inc. during a special-called meeting Nov. 16. The Leander-based company will soon begin the process of removing debris left from the Oct. 16 flood in neighborhoods like this one on Harris Loop in Kingsland. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Llano County awards debris-removal contract, votes to accept LCRA’s $100,000 donation

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS More than a month after floodwaters destroyed hundreds of Llano County homes, county commissioners awarded a debris removal contract Nov. 16 to Leander-based TFR Enterprises Inc. (more…)

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Lake LBJ will reopen to the public at noon Saturday, Nov. 17, according to the Lower Colorado River Authority. Lake LBJ boaters are asked to reduce speeds and use extra caution because of submerged hazards that might be difficult to see. This sandbar in the middle of Lake LBJ in Kingsland is a new one created since the Oct. 16 flood. Staff photo by Jared Fields

LCRA: Lake LBJ reopens Nov. 17; boaters should use caution due to submerged hazards

FROM STAFF REPORTS One month after historic flooding in the Highland Lakes, the Lower Colorado River Authority announced Nov. 16 that Lake LBJ will finally reopen to public use. (more…)

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Flooding on Oct. 16 caused water from Lake Marble Falls to rush over the top of Max Starcke Dam. The Lower Colorado River Authority said that, at the flood’s peak, the amount of water flowing through Lake Marble Falls was about 350,000 cubic-feet per second. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Report outlines LCRA’s response to historic Oct. 16 flooding

  CLARIFICATION: A previous version of this story included incomplete numbers attributed to Kelly Payne. The LCRA recorded a flow of 375,000 cubic-feet per second coming into the Highland Lakes, and 25,000 cfs leaving the lakes, not 375 and 25 as written.  STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS A report on the Lower Colorado River Authority’s flood […]

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Closed since Oct. 16, Lake Marble Falls will reopen to the public at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13. Lake LBJ will remain closed until at least Friday, Nov. 16, according to the Lower Colorado River Authority. Staff photo by Jared Fields

LCRA to reopen Lake Marble Falls to public use on Nov. 13

FROM STAFF REPORTS The Lower Colorado River Authority will reopen Lakes Marble Falls to recreational use at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13. (more…)

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First freeze of the season overnight in the Highland Lakes

First freeze of the season overnight in the Highland Lakes

FROM STAFF REPORTS Freezing temperatures are coming to the Highland Lakes tonight, the first dip below 32 degrees since Feb. 12. Area lows overnight into Tuesday, Nov. 13, are expected to be around 29 degrees. (more…)

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Collier Materials has applied for a new air quality permit from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to set up a portable crusher on private property near Sandy Creek just off Texas 71 in Llano County. TCEQ is holding a public meeting on the application at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, at the John L. Kuykendall Event Center, 2200 RR 152 West in Llano. Courtesy photo

TCEQ public meeting Nov. 13 on proposed air quality permit for Sandy Creek crusher

FROM STAFF REPORTS The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is holding a meeting Tuesday, Nov. 13, regarding a proposed air quality permit for Collier Materials to set up a portable crusher along Sandy Creek on private property just off Texas 71 and south of RR 2233. (more…)

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