Cloudy skies and little water, Austin-area lakes still Memorial Day hotspots
It's Memorial Day weekend. Even though it's been a little cloudy and humid so far, the lakes are still the place to be.
Austin Police and Texas Parks and Wildlife will be out and about making sure everyone is staying safe. The Austin Fire Department will also be patrolling the lakes in case they're needed.
"Somebody needs assistance, whether it's their boat is broken down, their friend got hurt, they're feeling a bit light-headed, headache, that kind of thing. Just being present, having that medical capability, having a rescue capability close at hand with this many people on the lake is always helpful," said AFD's Richard Porst.
Engine 31 on Lake Austin gave FOX 7 a ride on one of their boats Sunday afternoon.
Fire Specialist Porst says life vests are very important, also being a good swimmer if you're in the water, staying properly hydrated and being responsible with alcohol.
"On Memorial Day, you'll see a lot of things like missing persons. Folks that go out in a group, they're having a good time. You know, they're up with a bunch of boats that are tied together, you start meeting new folks, you're not accounted for and someone ends up underwater and nobody really knows," he said.
Aaron O'Farrel isn't from around here. He's from Dublin. No, not the one in Texas. Even though Lake Travis has seen better days, he calls it "beautiful."
"It feels like we're in Europe, you know somewhere like Spain, Portugal. The weather...obviously the people are different. It's a lot nicer, because it's Texas, America, we get to experience something totally new," he said.
Lake Travis does look pretty bad right now but businesses still have to make ends meet. Like "Just for Fun Watercraft Rental." Even though they've reduced the number of boats they have on hand, they say this Memorial Day weekend, they're doing just fine.
"It's kind of become a new normal to a degree. People are still coming to the lake. There's still a lot of water here, you know it's still bigger than Lake Austin. Quite a bit bigger. So there's no reason people can't come out and enjoy it the way it is," said owner Pete Clark.
Clark says it was a busy weekend and they're booked up for Monday too.
He hopes the rain can stay away for Memorial Day but...that's probably the only time he feels that way!
"We pray for it, we do rain dances...you know we've even been thinking about investing in cloud seeding you know. We'd try anything at this point," he said.
Of course we've been telling you all weekend about APD's "No Refusal."
If you're suspected of driving drunk and you refuse a test, they'll get a judge to order one for you.
That also applies to boats this weekend, so keep that in mind.