Rain hits Austin area, helps fill area lakes

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by JESSICA VESS / KVUE News & Chief Photojournalist SCOTT GUEST

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Posted on September 14, 2012 at 7:28 AM

Updated Friday, Sep 14 at 12:34 PM

TRAVIS COUNTY, Texas -- Rain is still falling across Central Texas, and area lakes are starting to rise. As of 5 a.m. on Friday Lake Travis levels were up about four inches.

On Thursday the Lower Colorado River Authority, which oversees the Highland Lakes, reported that Lake Travis was about 30 feet below its average September level.
 
LCRA officials say it takes rain falling upstream to fill the lake. With the storm system that came in on Thursday, that's what happened.
 
The LCRA Hydromet reports rain totals over the past 24 hours. As of 6:45 a.m. on Friday, the Hydromet showed 4.23” of rain fell in Cow Creek near Lago Vista; 5.27” of rain fell in Backbone Creek at Marble Falls and 5.04” fell in another creek at Marble Falls.
 
With the water suddenly flowing down, it's taking some lakeshore residents by surprise. A KVUE viewer captured of a boat dock floating away from the shore in Jonestown.
 
Despite the rain the latest report from the LCRA showed Lakes Travis and Buchanan at just 44 percent capacity.
 

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