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Drought and Flood Update

Wednesday, February 06, 2019   /   by Holly Northup

Drought and Flood Update

It’s amazing what can change in just a short time!

On May 13th I blogged about the ongoing drought that we have been experiencing in Austin, Texas over the past several years, and yet, today I’m blogging about the significant lake level rise and flooding benefits.


In the post three weeks ago, Lake Travis was sitting at a level of 630.43.  Add 35.96 feet of torrential rain water and you have a current level of 666.39.

However, with this sudden and enormous filling of the local lake system brought loss of life, horrendous damage and many victims that had no reason to ever think the rains over the Memorial Day Weekend would cause such a mess.

South Austin, San Marcos and Wimberley were the hardest hit areas during the flooding.

We have watched with heavy hearts as this tragedy has unfolded.  Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with those that have been affected by the flooding.

Therefore, we thought you would appreciate a list of local events that are scheduled to benefit the victims and also where you can send donations to help.

The Austin Chronicle listed just a few of the local events benefiting the Memorial Day Weekend flood victims.  These include:

  • All Texas Chili's locations are donating 15% of every check from guests who say they are there for flood support this Thursday, June 4th

  • Downtown Crawl to help TX Flood Victims is scheduled for Thursday, June 4, 9-12pm starting at Brew Exchange then moving to Kung Fu and ending at Key Bar.

  • Hill Country Flood Relief is another event scheduled in downtown Austin that helps flood victims.  The event is set for Thursday, June 4 at 5:30pm at Empire Control Room & Garage, located at 606 E 7th St.

  • Hays County Flood Benefit is planned for Sat., June 6 at 10p.m. at the Red Eyed Fly, located at 715 Red River, and will be taking donations for the Hays County Food Bank instead of a cover that night.  They ask for at least one non-perishable food item per attendee.

  • Austin For Wimberley Flood Benefit is a benefit including live music, local artisans, a raffle and auction that is scheduled for June 20 at 3:00p.m. at Sweetwater, located at 730 W Stassney Ln, Suite 120. Proceeds will go directly to people through Barnabas Connection in Wimberley,Texas.  http://barnabasconnects.org/

To send a donation, please contact the American Red Cross of Central Texas at 512.928.4271 or Austin Disaster Relief Network at 512.806.0800.

Please also note that even though Lake Travis has risen extensively and is at its highest level since 2011, authorities caution that the amount of debris is a concern and lake dwellers should navigate the waterways accordingly.

Additionally, Austin and many of the surrounding communities have NOT lifted their water restrictions.  Contact your local water district for more information.

If you or someone you know is interested in buying or selling real estate in the Austin area, please contact Kathleen Bucher at 512.794.6644 or KathleenBucher@mac.com.  It would be an honor to earn your business.
The Bucher Group | Austin Portfolio Real Estate
Kathleen Bucher
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Austin, TX 78746
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