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.
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."
Island paradise near San Antonio to close due to draining of 4 lakes
SEGUIN, Texas - Son's Island, a local island with a tropical vibe, will soon be out of commission due to the draining of Lake Gonzales, Meadow Lake, Lake Placid and Lake McQueeney. The island cabanas have less than a month before the water is drained. There's still opportunities for cabana rentals prior to the draining, according to the island's Facebook page. Starting Sept. 16, Lake Gonzales will be dewatered and the process will continue upstream to Meadow Lake, then Lake Placid, ending with Lake McQueeney. Underground lakes part of major new discoveries at Natural Bridge CavernsCopyright 2019 by KSAT - All rights reserved.
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.