Court hearing continues Monday that could determine whether GBRA can drain lakes

GBRA executives expect to take the stand during hearing

SAN ANTONIO – The futures of four lakes along the Guadalupe River are on the line as a critical court hearing resuming Monday could keep them from being drained - at least for now.

Property owners are requesting a temporary injunction to keep the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority from draining Lake McQueeney, Lake Placid, Meadow Lake, and Lake Gonzales. The hearing over whether to grant a temporary injunction began last Wednesday and might last into the week. 

It will likely include testimony from GBRA executives at some point.

The GBRA said draining the four lakes is necessary due to safety concerns over aging dams. Two other lakes held back by similar hydroelectric dams - Lake Wood in 2016 and Lake Dunlap in May - have already emptied because of spill gate failures.

Watch exact moment of partial dam failure at Lake Dunlap

However, the GBRA has said it does not currently have the means to fund the necessary repairs. So even though private property owners have begun looking at options to raise money, it's not clear when, or even if, the lakes would be filled if they are drained.

Lawsuits filed to prevent draining of GBRA lakes

 Two separate lawsuits filed by property owners looking to prevent the drainage are part of the joint hearing. A temporary injunction would keep the lakes from being drained pending a trial. 

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