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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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U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz visited the Highland Lakes after the Oct. 17 flood to view damage done along the Llano and Colorado rivers. Cruz spoke with homeowners and local officials during his visit. Cruz said he was ‘pleased’ with the federal disaster declaration issued Feb. 25. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Trump issues federal disaster declaration for Texas counties impacted by 2018 flooding

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Good news for the 33 Texas counties hit hard by severe storms and flooding last fall as President Donald Trump on Feb. 25 issued a federal disaster declaration. (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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Lake Marble Falls is currently about 3 feet below its normal operating range as seen by the watermark on the retaining wall at the Lakeside Park boat ramp. The Lower Colorado River Authority has paused the lowering of lakes LBJ and Marble Falls due to recent rains. Lake Marble Falls is expected to reach its lowered level of 7 feet below normal by Jan. 12. Lake LBJ will reach its lowered level by Jan. 9, according to the LCRA. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Timetable for LCRA lake drawdowns extended due to rain

FROM STAFF REPORTS The Lower Colorado River Authority extended lake lowerings by five days after recent rains prompted the partial opening of a floodgate on Tom Miller Dam. (more…)

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The Lower Colorado River Authority paused the drawdown of lakes LBJ and Marble Falls due to heavy rainfall. The city of Marble Falls has received 1.17 inches of rain since midnight Jan. 2. After the drawdowns began Dec. 30, the LCRA now predicts Lake LBJ to reach its lowered level by Jan. 6 and Lake Marble Falls by Jan. 9. Staff photo by Jared Fields

With heavy rainfall, LCRA pauses lake lowerings, opens floodgate

FROM STAFF REPORTS Heavy rainfall and full lakes forced the Lower Colorado River Authority to pause the drawdowns of lakes LBJ and Marble Falls on Jan. 2. (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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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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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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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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Austin Disaster Relief Network founder and Executive Director Daniel Geraci recently visited with members of area churches at Lake Shores Church in Marble Falls as they help with flood recovery. Between 25 and 30 local congregations are creating Highland Lakes Crisis Network to provide immediate and long-term assistance during disasters, whether one like the recent flood or a house fire. Go to highlandlakescrisisnetwork.com for more information. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

New Highland Lakes Crisis Network training ‘shepherds’ to walk alongside disaster victims

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON In September, a few Highland Lakes clergy attended an Austin Disaster Relief Network workshop to learn how to create a similar network among area churches. The Rev. Jackie English was scheduled to present what he had learned during that eight-hour training session to the Marble Falls Ministerial Alliance on Oct. 23. (more…)

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A cold front moving through the Highland Lakes on Halloween could dampen trick-or-treaters’ plans with rain chances of 80 percent.

Boo! Halloween cold front bringing rain to Highland Lakes

FROM STAFF REPORTS Halloween trick-or-treaters unfortunately seem in store for a trick on Oct. 31 as a cold front moves into the area, bringing a high chance of rain in the evening. (more…)

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The floodgates are open at Buchanan Dam. Photo copyright of Martelle Luedecke/Luedecke Photography

FLOOD BRIEFS FOR OCT. 25: Lake Buchanan to open; Marble Falls moves to Stage 4

Information regarding the recent flood from across the Highland Lakes. Lake Buchanan to open to public Oct. 26 The Lower Colorado River Authority will open Lake Buchanan to public use at noon Oct. 26. The remaining Highland Lakes — Inks, LBJ, Marble Falls, and Travis — remain closed due to “debris and unsafe conditions caused by the […]

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National Weather Service: Sunshine is coming, but first, more rain in the forecast

FROM STAFF REPORTS Sunny days are just around the corner. But before the clouds break and highs return to the upper 70s, one more “soaking” rain is expected. (more…)

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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

Force of volunteers cleans out flood-damaged homes along Lake Marble Falls

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Jake Jacobsen and Jennifer Jackson planned to return Oct. 15 to Marble Falls from Corpus Christi but decided to visit with friends an extra day. After returning to Marble Falls on Oct. 16, they realized they wouldn’t be going home that day either. (more…)

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Kingsland Water Supply: Continue boiling water during restoration efforts

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Kingsland Water Supply Corp. General Manager Leonard Leinfelder said a boil water notice is likely to be in effect “well into next week.” (more…)

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UPDATE: Horseshoe Bay returns to full water production capacity

UPDATE: Horseshoe Bay returns to full water production capacity

A previous story reported old information from the city of Horseshoe Bay. An update on the city’s website on Oct. 19 follows: FROM THE CITY OF HORSESHOE BY: The City has returned to 100% water production capacity. Citizens may begin to utilize water for full domestic use and cleanup operations. Currently, there are some residents […]

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Flooding on the Llano River in Llano. Courtesy photo by Lakay Oestreich

Body found in vehicle in Llano identified as 58-year-old woman

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS A body found late Oct. 16 at West Sandstone and Flag streets in Llano has been identified as 58-year-old Rebecca Elaine Biddy of Llano, Llano Police Chief Mike Scoggins confirmed. (more…)

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Tripp Goodman waves the American flag during a visit to his grandparents’ home by state Sen. Dawn Buckingham (left) and U.S. Sen/ Ted Cruz. Tripp’s grandfather, Gary Simmank (next to Cruz), his father, Casey Goodman (second from right), and mother, Valerie Goodman (right), were cleaning out the home Oct. 17 following the flood the day before that inundated the residence with water and mud. Cruz and Buckingham stopped by during a tour of the affected area. They met with a number of homeowners and volunteers who were cleaning out homes. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Sen. Cruz and other officials tour Highland Lakes; among muck and destruction, joy still found

  CORRECTION: The story on Oct. 18 incorrectly stated Tripp Goodman was in Meadowlakes. He was actually in Pecan Valley in Marble Falls.   STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz visited the Highland Lakes on Oct. 17 to view damage caused by recent flooding and offer federal help to Burnet and Llano counties. […]

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The floodgates are open at Buchanan Dam. Photo copyright of Martelle Luedecke/Luedecke Photography

NWS: More rain on Friday could cause additional flooding

CORRECTION: In the story, we stated that the LCRA had opened eight floodgates on Oct. 17, but this was incorrect. They only opened four. FROM STAFF REPORTS After days of devastating flooding, the Highland Lakes isn’t out of danger yet. (more…)

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This boat washed up during flooding in Kingsland. Staff photo by David Bean

What to do if you’ve found a boat or other property in the floods

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has an online database to help locate owners of boats or other water recreational vehicles that have been washed away by floodwaters. Search the database by vehicle registration number (on the side after “TX”) and find the owner’s name and address. (more…)

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Debris cleanup guidelines for Burnet County residents outside the city limits

  FROM BURNET COUNTY: The following guide has been developed for managing and disposing of debris associated with flood cleanup in Burnet County areas outside of city limits. As much as possible, separate debris into piles: • branches and vegetation that can go into a wood chipper; • metal and appliances (remove food items); • […]

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When do you need a permit for flood-damaged properties?

FROM THE CITY OF MARBLE FALLS: REQUIRES A PERMIT: Roof repair/replacement ALL structural repairs Mechanical system repairs Electrical repairs Plumbing repairs All permit fees related to flood damages that occurred in October 2018 will be waived. It is the city’s goal to ensure any permitted work is built to safe building standards and codes adopted […]

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One of the two pecan trees lost at Johnson Park because of flooding Oct. 16. This tree was growing near the Johnson Park amphitheater and the boat ramp on Backbone Creek. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Johnson and Lakeside parks suffer thousands of dollars in damages from flood

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO The Marble Falls Parks and Recreation Department has been busy assessing damage to city parks from flooding Oct. 16. (more…)

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