SEGUIN, Texas – The Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority will test a newly installed warning alert system at McQueeney Dam Sunday, July 14, 2019, at noon.
The new alert can be triggered remotely from GBRA’s control room if an unscheduled release of water occurs from the dam alerting recreationalists nearby or within the restricted zones downstream of McQueeney Dam to take immediate actions to secure lives and property in the event of a spillgate failure.
In May, GBRA expanded the restricted zones upstream and downstream of McQueeney Dam and upstream of TP-4 on Lake Placid as a safety measure following the spillgate failure at the Lake Dunlap Dam. Due to continued recreational activities within the restricted zone, the river authority will be placing additional buoys at the Highway 78 Bridge on Lake Placid to prevent vessels from proceeding upstream. Additional signage warning swimmers of the risks within the restricted area will also be installed near the dam.
The Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority was established by the Texas Legislature in 1933 as a water conservation and reclamation district. GBRA provides stewardship for the water resources in its 10-county statutory district which begins near the headwaters of the Guadalupe and Blanco rivers, ends at San Antonio Bay, and includes Kendall, Comal, Hays, Caldwell, Guadalupe, Gonzales, DeWitt, Victoria, Calhoun and Refugio counties.
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