Wednesday, February 6, 2019 / by Holly Northup
Just in time for summer!
However, even though we are able to swim and boat again, it is imperative that we take precautions because there are several dangers that go along with the heavy rainfall we have recently experienced in and around the Austin area.
One of the dangers is the fact that Lake Travis is higher than its usual elevation. Even though the inflows to Lake Travis have decreased, the water remains above the water supply pool elevation of 681 feet and is currently at 686 feet.
Additionally, the flows throughout the Highland Lakes system continue to be strong and swift due to the heavy rains and debris and submerged objects can be a danger to swimmers and boaters.
Another thing to be aware of is that the bacteria levels in the lakes are higher than normal after recent flooding rains. According to the LCRA website, anyone choosing to go in the water now should avoid areas with debris, or where the water is not clear or foam is visible.
The Highland Lakes are ideal for swimming and boating, but should be used cautiously – especially this summer with all of the rain we’ve had.
So, we’ve put together ten safety precautions that can reduce your chance of an accident according to the LCRA website. They include:
- Keep an eye on friends and family. Drowning can occur in as little as 20 seconds for children and 60 seconds for an adult. Drowning is known as the "silent killer" because most victims slip beneath the water without a sound. Paying close attention to those around you can drastically reduce such accidents.
- Know how to swim before jumping into any water.
- Swim in designated areas.
- Swim near the shore. Drowning most often occurs within about 10 feet of safety and usually within about 50 feet from shore.
- Never swim alone.
- Learn to perform CPR. However, in an emergency, always call 911.
- Wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket in the boat and in the water.
- Remember that swimming and alcohol can be a deadly combination.
- Beware of the risks of contaminated water. The risk is higher after heavy rains when bacteria levels are elevated due to fecal matter washed into the lakes and streams. People who go into the water do so at their own risk.
- Do not hang out on the back of the boat with the motor running because carbon monoxide poisoning can occur.
We hope you have a happy and safe summer in one of our gorgeous lakes!!! Enjoy!
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