In throwback post, Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority shares Canyon Lake dam construction
Who doesn't love a Flashback Friday post? The Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority of Texas certainly agrees and did just that with a post sharing images from the 1966 picnic celebration. About 3,000 people joined in April of that year for a barbecue to dedicate the dam's construction, which had actually been completed two years earlier.mysanantonio.com
Settlement reached in lawsuit related to draining of 4 GBRA lakes
GUADALUPE VALLEY LAKES, Texas – A settlement has been reached in one of the court cases regarding Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority and the property owners along the Guadalupe Valley lakes. The GBRA owns the six dams that create the Guadalupe Valley Lakes system and the waters within the lakes. Those lakes include Lake Dunlap, Lake McQueeny, Lake Placid, Meadow Lake, Lake Gonzales and Lake Wood. In August 2019, the GBRA announced that Lake Gonzales, Meadow Lake, Lake Placid and Lake McQueeney would be drained due to concerns over aging dams. Watch exact moment of partial dam failure at Lake DunlapLake Gonzales was expected to be dewatered first, followed by Meadow Lake, Lake Placid and Lake McQueeney.
Guadalupe Valley lakes partially reopen
SEGUIN, Texas - The Guadalupe Valley lakes are at least partially open again after a panel of experts turned in a report this week detailing which areas they considered to be "unsafe." Lake McQueeney, Lake Placid, Meadow Lake and Lake Gonzales had been closed to all activity since Sep. 19, pending the report by the three-man panel. Saffold Dam, which lies on the Guadalupe River between Lake Placid and Meadow Lake, is also included in the report, although it is not owned by the GBRA. The unsafe areas are separated into two types. GBRA still needs to implement some of the security measures the panel recommended for the unsafe areas, including adding signage, buoys and markers.
Parties reach proposed agreement to fix Lake Dunlap dam
Its been 149 days since the Lake Dunlap dam broke. Since then, the Preserve Lake Dunlap Association, which represents more than 600 property owners, has been working out a plan to get the dam fixed. We are going to form a water district among the front property owners, Harmon said. Lake Dunlap property owners have not sued the GBRA. Property owners at Lake McQueeney and Lake Placid have sued.
Week in 2:10: Toyota plant announces expansion; Truck company to bring 600 jobs to SA
SAN ANTONIO - It's been another busy week in San Antonio, and we're taking a look back on some of the biggest local stories we've covered since Sunday. See what stories made the headlines in The Week in 2:10. WEEKLY HEADLINES:GBRA lakes will not be drained pending trial in October 2020Toyota to invest $391 million to expand San Antonio plantTruck maker Navistar to build production facility in SA, create 600 new jobsWATCH: Sheriff's office supervisors interfere with DWI stop of fellow deputyArmy combat medic shares story of resilience after undergoing rehab at Center for the IntrepidCopyright 2019 by KSAT - All rights reserved.
Aerial footage shows natural beauty of 4 GBRA lakes as deal postpones draining
SAN ANTONIO - Video footage shot from a helicopter by KSAT 12 shows the beauty of the South Central Texas lakes that officials moved to completely drain amid concerns that nearly century-old dams could fail and threaten communities downstream. READ MORE: GBRA lakes will not be drained pending trial in October 2020The footage shows, in order, Lake Gonzales, Meadow Lake, Lake Placid and Lake McQueeney, all of which are connected by the snaking Guadalupe River. The dams needed replacing 15 years ago. The lakes were scheduled to be drained starting this week and would have taken several days to complete. "GBRA is committed to working closely with the lake associations and the community to mitigate the impact of this difficult, but necessary decision."
GBRA lakes will not be drained pending trial in October 2020
SEGUIN, Texas - Four Guadalupe Valley lakes will not be drained for the foreseeable, after the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority (GBRA) and two groups of property owners reached a deal Monday. The two sides agreed to a temporary injunction that would keep the river authority from draining Lake McQueeney, Lake Placid, Meadow Lake and Lake Gonzales, pending a trial in October 2020. Meanwhile, a panel of experts will decide which areas of the lakes are safe to be opened. The two groups of property owners filed lawsuits seeking to prevent the drainage. Both sides are talking Monday morning to try to hammer out details on an agreed temporary injunction.
Court hearing continues Monday that could determine whether GBRA can drain lakes
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. 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. Lawsuits filed to prevent draining of GBRA lakesTwo 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.
Residents hopeful but uncertain for future of Lake McQueeney
Hundreds gathered at the Lake Breeze Ski Lodge at Lake McQueeney Saturday for what could be one of the last water-skiing shows in the lake's history. McQueeney and three other lakes controlled by the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority are set to largely disappear, unless two lawsuits by property owners are successful in preventing their planned drainage. Preceded by a jet flyover, the Lake McQueeney Ski Bees show offered an opportunity for nervous residents to potentially say "good bye" to their lake with a splash. The GBRA had planned to begin draining Lake McQueeney, Lake Placid, Meadow Lake and Lake Gonzales one-by-one beginning Monday, citing safety concerns over their aging dams. Many in the crowd watching the Ski Bees perform were hopeful, even confident, that a planned drainage would somehow be averted, but they were still ready to go out with a splash.
GBRA lakes will not be drained Monday as planned
Property owners along Lake McQueeney, Lake Placid, Meadow Lake and Lake Gonzales, as well as the already drained Lake Dunlap and Lake Wood, have filed two separate lawsuits against the GBRA in an attempt to keep the agency from draining those first four lakes. At a Wednesday hearing in Guadalupe County, they asked a judge for a temporary injunction, which keep the lakes full until a trial can be held. The GBRA'S attorney, however, said he has seen "no indication that GBRA is doing anything other than their job. The GBRA's attorney believes whether the property owners have a "property interest" will be a key question in the hearing. "In other words, can the property owners control what's going on with the lakes and with the spill gates," Jefferson asked?
Amid lawsuit, Sunset Advisory Commission review cites problems within GBRA
SEGUIN, Texas - A state review of the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority identified problems related to what it said was poor management of the agencys aging infrastructure. The results of the Sunset Advisory Commission review were released in June, one month after part of a dam collapsed on Lake Dunlap, which was caught on camera. The Sunset review also noted that some of the authority's infrastructure is failing, either in critical condition or beyond repair." Following the dam failure on Lake Dunlap, the GBRA decided to drain Lake Gonzales, Meadow Lake, Lake Placid and Lake McQueeney over safety concerns that dams could fail on those lakes, too. The Sunset report, which focuses on the GBRA, also scrutinized the Red River Authority and Nueces River Authority.
Lawsuits filed to prevent draining of GBRA lakes
SEGUIN, Texas - A pair of lawsuits filed Thursday on behalf of about 300 people aim to prevent the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority from draining four lakes. The lawsuit against GBRA claims the water authority has failed to maintain the lakes and dams for nearly 60 years, and is rushing the process with false claims regarding imminent danger. Read: GBRA pushes forward with lake drainage plans despite pushbackThe GBRA is scheduled to deliberately drain Lake Gonzales, Meadow Lake, Lake Placid and Lake McQueeney one-by-one beginning Sept. 16 because of safety concerns over their aging hydroelectric dams. Related: Residents near GBRA lakes brace for drainageGBRA officials said residents continue to disregard warning signs and putting their lives at risk. GBRA continues to work diligently with the Guadalupe Valley Lake Associations and communities to find a viable solution.Lake Residents vs Gbra 1Lake Residents vs Gbra 2 by David Ibanez on ScribdTro Lake Residents vs Gbra by David Ibanez on ScribdCopyright 2019 by KSAT - All rights reserved.
Future property values muddy ahead of GBRA lake drainages
A drop in property values would affect the budgets of local governments and school districts. The GBRA is scheduled to deliberately drain Lake Gonzales, Meadow Lake, Lake Placid and Lake McQueeney one-by-one beginning Sept. 16 because of safety concerns over their aging hydroelectric dams. Appraisal districts assign property values based on market activity. So if nobody wants to buy a home next to a mostly drained lake, there wouldn't be any data to prompt a change in the property values. Lake Dunlap: $271,746,135Lake Placid: $159,815,696Lake McQueeney: $582,538,951Meadow Lake: $63,515,589Total: $1,077,616,371Lake Gonzales and the previously drained Lake Wood are both in neighboring Gonzales County and are not included in the figures.
GBRA pushes forward with lake drainage plans despite pushback
Patteson said it was his decision to begin draining Lake Gonzales, Meadow Lake, Lake Placid and Lake McQueeney, starting Sep. 16 due to safety concerns over their aging dams. Two dams at Lake Dunlap and Lake Wood have already had spillgate failures that have emptied the lakes, and the GBRA said it believes the remaining four dams are unsafe. Continuing Coverage: No decision yet as GBRA considers draining 4 lakes for safetyHowever, not everyone believes the danger is as bad as GBRA has presented. But Patteson said the GBRA wants to be "part of the solution" in putting the lakes back and still plans to push forward with the drainage because of safety concerns. GBRA staff presented photos during the meeting of people getting near, and even on top of some of its dams.
Protesters gather to stop draining of 4 area lakes
SEGUIN, Texas - Protesters gathered at a "Stop the Drain" rally early Wednesday morning to protest the draining of four area lakes by the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority. Lake Gonzales will be the first to be dewatered on Sept. 16, and then the process will continue to Meadow Lake, Lake Placid and end with Lake McQueeney. The protest took place in an attempt to stop the plans until an independent economic impact and engineering study can be completed. Each lake is expected to take roughly three days to drain, meaning all the lakes likely will be dewatered by the end of September. A partial dam failure at Lake Dunlap in May was caught on video and showed water rushing out of the lake at 11,000 cubic feet per second.
4 area lakes to be drained amid concerns over aging dams
SAN ANTONIO - The Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority announced Thursday that Lake Gonzales, Meadow Lake, Lake Placid and Lake McQueeney will all be drained amid concerns about aging dams. Lake Gonzales will be the first to start dewatering Sept. 16, and the process will continue upstream to Meadow Lake, then Lake Placid and end with Lake McQueeney. The hydroelectric dams are more than 90 years old, according to a news release from GBRA. To minimize the risks associated with the aging dams, GBRA posted signage near buoys and around dams in addition to installing cameras and sirens to help warn people of the hazardous aging dams. Updates regarding the lake draining process and subsequent actions can be found on the Guadalupe Valley Lakes website.
No decision yet as GBRA considers draining 4 lakes for safety
"There's a lot of people whose lives depend on the water being in the lake," Thomas Belton, co-owner of a water skiing school on Lake McQueeney, told the board. But following spill gate failures at two of its dams, Lake Wood in 2016 and Lake Dunlap in May, the GBRA sees danger, too. Four more lakes along the Guadalupe River Lake McQueeney, Lake Placid, Meadow Lake and Lake Gonzales are held back with similar hydroelectric dams that were built in the late 1920s and early 1930s. Citing public safety, the GBRA is considering draining the four remaining lakes by up to 12 feet, though the GBRA says a final decision hasn't been made. We have to mitigate the safety concerns," GBRA general manager Kevin Patteson told reporters.
GBRA to consider emptying four more lakes over safety concerns
Two months after a dam failure led to the draining of Lake Dunlap, the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority will consider purposely draining four more lakes due to safety concerns. Stinson said GBRA staff, including himself, will brief the board in public and in executive session on the concerns and issues related to the spill gates and lakes that are still in service. Dewatering the lakes, he said, would be "the main option" to deal with the concerns over public safety. If the GBRA goes forward with draining the lakes, it would happen "sooner rather than later," Stinson said. The GBRA board of directors will meet at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the GBRA William E. West, Jr., Annex Building at 905 Nolan St. in Seguin.