GBRA: Ok, McQueeny, You Could Be Next
Last week, we began our overall coverage of the continuing Lake Dunlap fiasco with news that GBRA has come right out and said that while it has designs under, um, “design” to repair all six of its dams, it doesn’t have the money to fix any of them.
So far, the Lake Wood and Dunlap dams have failed, and this week GBRA issued a warning advising visitors to Lake McQueeny to maybe stay a bit further away from the dam than they have become accustomed to, on account of GBRA might hit the trifecta.
Nope, wait. They’re warning Lake Placid (Seguin) "recreationalists" as well. That makes it a superfecta they’re worried about. A fatal four-way, as it were.
“Following spillgate failures at two of its aging dams, the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority (GBRA) is expanding the restricted zones upstream and downstream of McQueeney Dam and upstream of TP-4 on Lake Placid, effective Wednesday, May 22, 2019, until further notice.
“Access will be restricted on Lake McQueeney from the McQueeney Dam to approximately 900 feet upstream, and from below the dam downstream to Highway 78 on Lake Placid. Similarly, access will be restricted upstream of TP-4 Dam, also known as Red Mill Dam, on Lake Placid in Seguin.
“The restricted area will be marked with buoys, and law enforcement will enforce the restricted area. The attached map details the restricted area. Watercraft and recreationalists are prohibited from swimming, stopping, or anchoring within the restricted zone.
“’In the interest of safety, GBRA is further restricting access near McQueeney Dam and TP-4,’ said GBRA General Manager Kevin Patteson. ‘We fully appreciate the significance of the lakes in the lives of the community and visiting recreationalists; however, with the aging infrastructure of the dams, we believe this is the best course of action to protect the public.’
“GBRA experienced spillgate failures at Lake Dunlap on May 14, 2019, and Lake Wood on March 10, 2016.”
In any case, don’t go near any dams, and resign yourself to local lakes going full Houdini in the near future.