July 24, 2009

Receding lake reveals lost vehicles

Authorities in Travis County, Texas, said three long-lost vehicles have recently been fished out of the receding Lake Travis amid drought in the area.

The Travis County Sheriff's Office said two vehicles, a 1978 Chevrolet Monte Carlo that still had keys in the ignition and a Kawasaki motorcycle that had been reported stolen in June, were pulled from the lake Thursday near Pace Bend Park, the Austin American-Statesman reported Friday.

The sheriff's office said a 1984 Nissan 300ZX that was reported stolen in 1988 was pulled from the lake three weeks ago.

Hopefully that's all of them, sheriff's spokesman Roger Wade said. There's no way of telling at this point.

Lake Travis averages 669 feet above mean sea level for the month of July, but the lake currently sits at only 638 feet above sea level, the Lower Colorado River Authority said.

Wade said the vehicles were pulled from the water because there's still environmental impact to the lake, Wade said. There may still be oil, other fluids, as well as the vehicle itself rusting.