Creek level continues to drop, city stays on ready
Despite small amounts of rainfall Wednesday night and Thursday morning, the Gonsolus Creek continued to recede. It had gone down between eight and ten feet by Thursday morning, according to Breckenridge City Manager Andy McCuistion.
“That’s good,” he said. “It gives us a little capacity in case it rains again over the weekend. It’s supposed to be sunny for a number of days next week. If we can get through Saturday, we think we’ll be all right."
He said pleased that the creek had gone down so much because he was concerned it might slow down when they opened the flood valves at Hubbard Creek Reservoir.
"I was told yesterday they were going to be left open for 36 hours,” he said. “But also the comment was made this morning that the lake was catching up finally. You know, they were getting more water in then they were letting out, yesterday, but apparently, sometime around six or so yesterday, I think they expected it, without any more rain, to start leveling out. I think at this point they are getting a handle on it.”
As for drinking water, McCuistion said the city was still on a boil water notice as of Thursday morning. He said they sent the test to the lab in Abilene yesterday around noon and expected to get them back about noon today.
“Hopefully sometime around noon, or maybe a little afterwards, we can go off the boil water notice,” he said. “That's if all the tests come back good. That’s the best case scenario.”
Meanwhile residents can still pick up drinking water at the American Legion Building at 611 East Walker. McCuistion said they will be handing out water until the boil water notice is cancelled.