Guadalupe River flows through Victoria

An aerial view of the Guadalupe River just outside of Victoria in 2016.

The Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority will test a newly installed warning alert system at McQueeney Dam at noon Sunday.

The new alert can be triggered remotely from GBRA’s control room if an unscheduled release of water occurs from the dam, alerting rivergoers nearby or within the restricted zones downstream of McQueeney Dam to take immediate actions to secure lives and property, according to a news release.

In May, GBRA expanded the restricted zones upstream and downstream of McQueeney Dam and upstream of TP-4 on Lake Placid as a safety measure after the spillgate failure at the Lake Dunlap Dam. Because of continued recreational activities within the restricted zone, the river authority will place additional buoys at the Highway 78 Bridge on Lake Placid to prevent vessels from proceeding upstream. Additional signage warning swimmers of the risks within the restricted area also will be installed near the dam.

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