The Lower Colorado River Authority is providing $100,000 each to Burnet and Llano counties to help the counties recover from recent historic flooding along the Colorado and Llano rivers.
LCRA is making the contributions to the counties, with the county judges deciding how best to use the funds for cleanup in their local areas to ensure public safety.
"LCRA is very pleased to provide this financial assistance to Burnet and Llano counties to help them clean up after the flood," said Timothy Timmerman, chair of the LCRA Board of Directors.
Since mid-October, much of the Highland Lakes watershed has received 10-15 inches of rain, sending an enormous amount of water rushing into the Highland Lakes. At the peak of the flood, flow into Lake Travis was estimated at 375,000 cubic feet per second. That rate of flow would fill up the Astrodome in less than two minutes.
"This $200,000 will help these counties in removing debris from the rivers and lakes to ensure public safety," said Phil Wilson, LCRA general manager. "While floodgate operations remain in effect at Mansfield Dam, at the base of Lake Travis, we believe it's safe to begin debris removal."
The Lower Colorado River Authority serves customers and communities throughout Texas by managing the lower Colorado River; generating and transmitting electric power; providing a clean, reliable water supply; and offering access to nature at more than 40 parks, recreation areas and river access sites along the Texas Colorado River, from the Hill Country to the Gulf Coast. LCRA and its employees are committed to enhancing the lives of Texans through water stewardship, energy and community services. LCRA was created by the Texas Legislature in 1934. For more information, visit