As rains continue in the Lake Travis-Westlake area, leaders advise caution, provide sites to check for updates

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Conditions in the Lake Travis-Westlake area remain tentative, but as rains are likely to continue throughout the week and certain roads could become too wet or flooded to drive on, city leaders are advising people in the area to keep watch of official channels for further updates.

In Rollingwood, Police Chief Kristal Pompa said that right now things are clear but wanted to remind residents that things could change at any moment. Pompa said people in Rollingwood should keep an eye on the Rollingwood Police Department Facebook page, as well as the department’s Twitter account, @rollingwoodpd, where officials will update residents of any traffic issues, road closings and flooded areas.

In Lakeway, Police Chief Todd Radford said the city is in good shape, but officials are monitoring Lakeway’s low water crossings and roadways. Radford advised Lakeway citizens and people in the area to keep an eye out for condition updates on the Lakeway Police Department Facebook page and sign up for updates at www.lakeway-tx.gov/notifyme.

The Lower Colorado River Authority closed lakes Travis, Marble Falls, LBJ, Inks and Buchanan Tuesday morning until further notice, according to a press release from the LCRA. Lake Travis was 86 percent full as of 10 a.m. Tuesday morning. The historical October average is 664 feet and Lake Travis is now at 672 feet.

Lake Travis ISD Director of Communications Marco Alvarado reported that the The Homestead, a Bee Cave neighborhood located off Highway 71, was closed Tuesday morning. He added that the neighborhood floods very easily.

“Also, portions of Bee Creek Road were closed and our buses had to be re-routed,” Alvarado said. “However, we have no reports of any accidents, major delays, etc.”

Eanes ISD Director of Communication Claudia McWhorter said the district does not have any plans to cancel at this time but will continue to monitor weather reports.

The city of West Lake Hills has no road closures at this, City Administrator Robert Wood said. He recommended residents keep an eye on atxfloods.com for updates.

Texas Department of Transportation Public Information Officer Chris Bishop said as of Tuesday at 10 a.m., no state roads in the Lake Travis-Westlake area were closed.

“There might be ponding and puddling in places that makes driving more hazardous,” Bishop said. He recommended residents check drivetexas.org as the rain continues. Anytime there is a state road closure it will be posted on the site, Bishop said.

Sites and pages to check for updates pertaining to the Lake Travis-Westlake area:

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Brian Rash
Brian has been a reporter and editor since 2012. He wrote about the music scene in Dallas-Fort Worth before becoming managing editor for the Graham Leader in Graham, Texas, in 2013. He relocated to Austin, Texas, in 2015 to work for Gatehouse Media's large design hub. He became the editor for the Lake Travis-Westlake publication of Community Impact in August 2018.
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