AUSTIN — It looks like the Stevie Ray Vaughan statue on the Roy Ann Butler Hike and Bike trail won't need to use the life vest it was given earlier this week -- at least for now.
The city of Austin tweeted Sunday, Oct. 21 that the trail was back open for people to use again. City authorities closed it Tuesday, Oct. 16 due to the opening of multiple Highland Lake floodgates and the Austin Fire Departments' waterway ban; historically, those conditions could have created flooding issues and a safety hazard along the trail.
After the trail was closed, someone put a life jacket around the Stevie Ray Vaughan statue. It has been known to experience flooding along Lady Bird Lake firsthand.
While the hike and bike trail is back open, all of Austin's waterways remain closed, including Lady Bird Lake, according to the city.
The opening of the trail follows improving conditions at Lake Travis, which decreased in dangerous water levels Saturday for the first time since Tuesday.
On Monday, Oct. 22, Barton Creek, the Barton Creek Greenbelt and Emma Long Park will reopen. Barton Springs, Red Bud Isle and Walsh Boat Landing will remain closed along with all other City’s waterways until further notice.