At sunrise, Austin’s famed wind caves will be opened to visitors.
This is a chance to see how a windy, low-lying city is coping with a drought, and the first of several caves to open in Austin.
“It’s a big deal,” said John Hagerty, the city’s parks and recreation manager.
“This is a big opportunity to see the cave system and see how it works.”
The wind caves were first opened in 2013.
They’re now closed due to a drought that is affecting the city.
It’s also closing the caves to visitors for the winter.
“We had a problem with flooding the cave systems,” HagerTY said.
“So it’s very important to get these openings back on.
There’s been a lot of damage done and the city has a lot to be responsible for.”
Hagerty said he has been in discussions with the city to reopen them, but they’re looking at all options, including using other public resources like schools and parks to help.
The Austin Water Resources District says they are working with the City of Austin to determine how best to reopen the caves.
The city has also been working with other agencies to assess the caves and make sure they’re in good shape.
The project will take several months to complete.