Due to past heavy rains, large amounts of water and debris continue to move downstream from past flooding in the Llano River. The Lower Colorado River Authority continues to discharge water from the Mansfield Dam.
These conditions have created high and swift waters, which combined with debris, has made recreational, commercial, and navigational use of all waterways within the City of Austin unsafe; these waterways include: the entirety of Lake Austin from Mansfield Dam to Tom Miller Dam; Lady Bird Lake; and Colorado River downstream of Longhorn Dam.
Under the Authority of Section 8-5-21 of the Austin City Code, I hereby determine that flood conditions exist in the following described waterways and lakes:
Lake Austin from Mansfield Dam to Tom Miller Dam
Lady Bird Lake
Colorado River downstream of Longhorn Dam
Said waterways are collectively the “Flood Ban Area.”
I hereby ORDER a ban on all commercial or navigational boating in and all recreational use of the Flood Ban Area.
Persons are advised that it is an offense to violate this ORDER or to attempt a low water crossing or any road that has been barricaded.
Watercraft illegally being operated on waters in the Flood Ban Area may be impounded.
Persons should contact the City of Austin Police Headquarters at 715 E. 8th St., Austin, during business hours, to request written authorization to secure property in the Flood Ban Area. Proof of ownership or occupancy is required.
Posted at City Hall on this 29th day of October 2018.
This Order is effective at 12:00 p.m., Monday, October 29, 2018 and expires at 12:00 p.m., Friday, November 2, 2018.
BY:Fire Chief, City of Austin
Communications and Public Information Office
301 W. 2nd Street, Austin, TX 78701