AUSTIN β€” With heavy rain expected to pour in Friday, the Lower Colorado River Authority said it's not ruling out the possibility of floodgate activity.

The rain is expected to be heavy and widespread. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch for counties along and east of Highway 281 including Travis, Williamson and Hays counties from Friday at noon through Saturday at noon.

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Rainfall amounts of 2 to 4 inches will be possible Friday, with isolated locations recording 5 to 6 inches, according to KVUE Meteorologist Jason Mikell.

Because Lake Buchanan is at 95 percent full and Lake Travis remains at 100 percent full after the October floods, additional rainfall could increase lake levels over the next few days.

Because of this, the LCRA said they have not ruled out preventive activity for the Highland Lakes chain, according to Community Impact.

"LCRA is closely monitoring inflows to the Highland Lakes and will be ready to react as needed,” LCRA Public Information Officer Clara Tuma told Community Impact. β€œAt this point it is too early to tell whether we will need to open any floodgates, but with heavy rain in the forecast and full lakes, it is certainly a possibility.”

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