Vintage Austin: Austin Dam

Heavy rains fall in Austin and the Hill Country in early April of 1900.  At that time, there were no upstream dams to capture runoff resulting in a 250-foot section of the Austin Dam breaking away on April 7, that's almost half the dam.  The flood causes nearly $1.4 million in damage, an amount equal to what the City of Austin financed to build the dam.  This photo shows the section of dam that broke away.
Photo Credit: LCRA Corporate Archives, W00514

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