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Lake LBJ Refill Causes Fear for Some Over What Lies Beneath the Water

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Crews from the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) are now refilling Lake Lyndon B. Johnson in an effort to commence with upcoming projects. The lake was lowered in December of 2018, following the historic flooding that took place in the fall, to allow residents along its edge to make repairs and remove debris. However, area businesses felt that if the lake level didn’t increase soon, they ran the risk of missing out on crowds which would come to the area for spring break. As a result of the refill, Lake LBJ levels are slowly on the rise, but some residents are concerned that there hasn’t been ample time to complete the cleanup, and possible incidents of accidents or injury could increase with respect to submerged debris.

Lake LBJ Refill Causes Fear for Some Over What Lies Beneath the Water

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In particular, those who live near Kingsland have spoken about the cost and stress from the cleanup, which they argue has been intensified with the closure of the bridge on Ranch Road 2900. With its collapse, area travelers are required to take new routes, which are taking them up to a half-hour for what previously took them just minutes.

One Kingsland resident told kxan.com that he and his neighbors are concerned Lake LBJ is being refilled too soon. “We don’t have the adequate time to remove all the debris in front of the properties– we’re talking about properties that are million dollar homesites on the lake — and with that shortness of time that we have now to remove that debris, a lot of the debris is not gonna get removed,” Brad Shaw noted. That concern is based on the potential for debris beneath the increased water level to possibly result in injury to locals and tourists who make use of the waterway.

Lake LBJ Refill Causes Fear for Some Over What Lies Beneath the Water
Photo: Instagram/gavinj_fxbb

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