VIDEO: Texas lake now overflowing after drought

After facing a nearly 50-year low during a drought in 2013, Lake Travis in central Texas has been closed to recreational boating because it is too full.
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After facing a nearly 50-year low during a drought in 2013, Lake Travis in central Texas has been closed to recreational boating because it is too full.

The Lower Colorado River Authority banned boats Monday because of debris, saying it would be too dangerous to allow boating in the reservoir, which is now at 121 percent capacity.

The authority said the river poses too many risks “because of increased hazards due to submerged items and because of the detrimental effect wave and wake traffic has on property," river authority executive vice president John Hofman told local CBS affiliate KEYE TV.

"Everyone thought it was hurting it when it was low — this, it hurts it a lot more when they have to close it down," Paradise Cove Marina dockhand Carter Faubus said.

Boat ramps were closed in 2013 when the lake was ravaged by drought.

Faubus said that if the ban stays in place through the weekend many pre-booked rentals will turn into refunds or reschedules, but he also said it was a worthwhile precaution.

"We want people to get out here and have a good time, but safety is the biggest concern," Faubus said. What's laying below — trees and even vehicles — pose a serious threat to people on the water.”

The station captured boating enthusiasts enjoying one last day on the water before the ban took place Monday night.

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