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Community could dry up in six months

WINDERMERE OAKS, Texas (KXAN) – The drought dilemma has a small community on the northern edge of Lake Travis on a timetable to run out of water, if it does not continue flowing in the Colorado River.

The Lower Colorado River Authority releases water from Lake Buchanan for communities south along the river. The lake is already down about 23 feet from its December average.

Water will continue to be moved from Buchanan Dam as long as it does not drop another 30 feet. LCRA predicts that won’t happen before the summer of 2013.

“This used to be Lake Travis, yeah,” said Pat Mulligan, as he looked across a sandy field.

Mulligan owns one of the 250 homes in the lakeside community of Windermere Oaks .

“That’s all the water that’s flowing into Austin right now,” he said, pointing out a few white caps, rippling on top of the stream of water. “Right through that little gap there.”

As president of the community’s water supply corporation, Mulligan has had to help make a $10,000 decision as he watched Lake Travis turn to a trickle.

“We’re building a skimmer barge, and we’re going to float that over the hole, he said. “We expect to pump water for another six months.”

The barge and pump they have now has only 3 feet of water left. Farther out, they have located a spot for a new barge that is 11 feet deep, with enough water to last six months if there is no flow.

Right now, Windermere Oaks is under Stage 3 water restrictions. That means no watering lawns with a sprinkler and no washing cars. If it gets any worse and the community runs out of water in the lake, it goes up to Stage 4.

That means trucking in water, which would triple water rates.

“Certainly our concern is having enough water to supply to our residents,” said Larry Black, the water plant’s operator in Windermere Oaks.

If it comes to that point, Black said residents will have a 2,000-gallon limit per month per customer.

At this time last year, the community used about 50,000 gallons a day.

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Community could dry up in six months

WINDERMERE OAKS, Texas (KXAN) – The drought dilemma has a small community on the northern edge of Lake Travis on a timetable to run out of water, if it does not continue flowing in the Colorado River.

The Lower Colorado River Authority releases water from Lake Buchanan for communities south along the river. The lake is already down about 23 feet from its December average.

Water will continue to be moved from Buchanan Dam as long as it does not drop another 30 feet. LCRA predicts that won’t happen before the summer of 2013.

“This used to be Lake Travis, yeah,” said Pat Mulligan, as he looked across a sandy field.

Mulligan owns one of the 250 homes in the lakeside community of Windermere Oaks .

“That’s all the water that’s flowing into Austin right now,” he said, pointing out a few white caps, rippling on top of the stream of water. “Right through that little gap there.”

As president of the community’s water supply corporation, Mulligan has had to help make a $10,000 decision as he watched Lake Travis turn to a trickle.

“We’re building a skimmer barge, and we’re going to float that over the hole, he said. “We expect to pump water for another six months.”

The barge and pump they have now has only 3 feet of water left. Farther out, they have located a spot for a new barge that is 11 feet deep, with enough water to last six months if there is no flow.

Right now, Windermere Oaks is under Stage 3 water restrictions. That means no watering lawns with a sprinkler and no washing cars. If it gets any worse and the community runs out of water in the lake, it goes up to Stage 4.

That means trucking in water, which would triple water rates.

“Certainly our concern is having enough water to supply to our residents,” said Larry Black, the water plant’s operator in Windermere Oaks.

If it comes to that point, Black said residents will have a 2,000-gallon limit per month per customer.

At this time last year, the community used about 50,000 gallons a day.

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Animal shelter adding fun for pets

GEORGETOWN, Texas (KXAN) – The Williamson County Regional Anmaking plans to give dogs some room to roam while awaiting adoption. 

The shelter is raising funds to construct a dog run, trail and memorial park behind the shelter. Plans include two large play yards, a memorial garden and a walking path so volunteers and potential adopters can take dogs outside, walk and play with them in the yard. 

The Williamson County Commissioners Court allocated property for the project Wednesday during its regular meeting. 

The idea for a dog exercise area has been under development for the past two years, according to WCRAS.  Through fundraisers such as the Fur Ball and memorial donations, more than $19,000 has been raised toward the total projected cost of $100,000. 

Items such as bricks or benches will be available for sale to raise money for the project. Once the preliminary draft is completed, shelter director Cheryl Schneider anticipates volunteers will help with construction. Two Scout troops already have volunteered their services. 

“We don’t put a time limit on how long our animals can stay at the shelter.  We want them all to stay until they are adopted, and we are fairly successful moving toward that goal with a 95 percent save rate,” said Schneider in a released statement. “But to keep dogs mentally healthy, they need a place to run and play. The dog run, trail and park will be just for our shelter dogs so that they have that space to run when staff or volunteers take them out. It also will be a great place for families to get to meet a dog they are interested in adopting.”

Schneider hopes to break ground on the project in March. The project will be financed entirely through donations. Donations can be made online at www.wilcopets.org

The shelter is a joint project between Williamson County and the cities of Cedar Park, Hutto, Leander and Round Rock.  Regular shelter hours are Tuesday through Friday from noon to 6 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

The shelter is located at 1855 S.E. Inner Loop in Georgetown. To reach the

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Homeless programs get $4.2 M from HUD

AUSTIN (KXAN) – Eighteen programs in Travis County will receive a portion of $64.7 million being given to Texas by the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department for homeless programs. As many as 240 programs statewide will benefit from the funds.

The Austin area will get $4.2 million via the H.U.D. Contiuum of Care program as quickly as possible in order to prevent interruption in federal assistance, as announced on Tuesday. New projects will get the money in 2012.

“The grants we’re awarding today will literally keep the doors of our shelters open and will help those on the front lines of ending homelessness do what they do best,” said H.U.D. Secretary Shaun Donovan.  “It’s incredible that as we work to recover from the greatest economic decline since the Great Depression, the total number of homeless Americans is declining, in large part because of these funds.”

Last week, HUD announced its 2011 “point in time” estimate of the number of homeless persons in America.  Approximately 3,000 cities and counties reported 636,000 homeless persons on a single night in January of 2011, a 2.1 percent decline from the year before.  This documented reduction in homelessness was noticed among all population groups including individuals, families, and those experiencing long-term or chronic homeless.  In addition, HUD’s estimate reveals a 12 percent reduction in homelessness among veterans.

The money will be used to provide permanent and transitional housing to homeless persons, as well as:

  • job training
  • health care
  • mental health counseling
  • substance abuse treatment
  • child care

Continuum of Care grants are awarded competitively to local programs to meet the needs of homeless clients. These grants fund a wide variety of programs, from street outreach and assessment programs to transitional and permanent housing for homeless persons and families.

The breakdown of distribution to Texas is as follows:

  • San Antonio/Bexar County CoC $ 6,618,864
  • Corpus Christi/Nueces County CoC $ 1,012,724
  • Austin/Travis County CoC $ 4,298,322
  • Victoria/Dewitt/Lavaca/Gonzales CoC $ 290,439
  • Dallas/Irving CoC $ 13,835,287
  • Fort Worth/Arlington/Tarrant County CoC $ 10,116,502
  • El Paso CoC $ 2,689,828
  • Waco/McLennan County CoC $ 606,764
  • Texas State CoC $ 2,152,498
  • Denton County CoC $ 609,336
  • Amarillo CoC $ 617,181
  • Houston/Harris County CoC $ 21,129,897
  • Bryan/College Station/Brazos Valley CoC $ 259,686
  • Montgomery County CoC

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