From flooding to drought, a look at Graveyard Point


by Heather Kovar / KVUE News and photojournalist John Fisher

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Posted on July 23, 2013 at 6:41 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 24 at 7:07 AM

LAKE TRAVIS -- Back in 1991, water rose to the tops of homes on Lake Travis. Into the late 90s, and then again in 2004, it was a constant battle for residents at Graveyard Point, where homes sat right on the water. Often, in it.

Homeowner Garry Baker said when you saw floods coming, you had to bring in the trailers and move stuff out. When it was over, he said, "They cleaned up and moved stuff back inside."

He says things have changed in 10 years. Most recently, this past May, the Crosswater Yacht Club opened near his house. Some residents weren't thrilled with the new boat dock on the water, but people come from across Texas to dock their boats. It's already at 52 percent capacity.

Baker showed KVUE his home, and he says the water back in 2004 was up to the door on the second floor. He also points out the boat dock his grandson uses. He says with water level fluctuation, it has to be moved about once a week.

Over at the new Crosswater Yacht Club, General Manager Roland Adams says they're prepared for changing lake levels, even a swell. He says they can and will move the large facility closer or further from shore.

He remembers the flood of 1991 when he worked at another dock on Lake Travis.

"It was an all-night deal. Every hour on the hour we started over, we loosened every winch and go back and try to stay dry. Of course it's never sunny and pretty when the lake is coming up at a foot an hour," Adams said.

He says drought is worse than flooding - since the Lower Colorado River Authority can manage flooding fairly quickly.

Baker says he is glad the flood threat is over and that "it's easy, you can leave and don't have to keep your eye on it."

He adds he'd like to see the drought end as well. 

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