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Austin and the surrounding area has had a very rainy Spring, but it’s only helped Lake Travis and the other Highland Lakes a little bit, Community Impact reports.
The level in Lake Travis has gone up 18″ since the beginning of May, according to the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA). Their data shows that some parts of the Lake Travis watershed, which feeds the lake, getting as much as 5 inches of rain in the past two weeks. Parts of #Austin have gotten almost 8 inches in that same time.
Lake Travis neared 40 percent capacity May 15th, or 631 feet mean sea level (msl). While this is an increase of 7.68 feet msl over the beginning of 2015 and 5.52 feet msl over a year ago, it still leaves the lake almost 40 feet msl below the historical May average.
The last time lake levels were this high was May 2012. The hope is that with the additional thunderstorms forecast for this week, there will be greater runoff into the lakes because the soil is saturated.