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Video: Dozens Of State Parks Damaged By Flooding

Cleanup is underway at several state parks after recent heavy rains and flooding. More than fifty parks have been damaged.

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Memorial day flood collapses Dam at Bastrop state park. Photo by Chase A. Fountain, TPWD

 

Two of the state parks closest to Greater Houston, Brazos Bend and Stephen F. Austin, are currently closed due to rising flood waters. 

“We were able to evacuate and get folks safely out of there before flood waters started coming into the area,” says Steve Lightfoot, with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

Fourteen other parks across Texas are also closed to the public. Six more have partial closures in place.

Lightfoot says crews are working to clean up and assess the damage at several facilities that are still flooded. The closures come just as state parks are entering peak visitation season after Memorial Day.

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Lightfoot says they’ll reopen once the grounds are safe for visitors.

“The good news is we’re able to ascertain weather conditions as they’re occurring and try to get out in front of those,” he says.

Facilities in the Hill Country saw the most damage. A broken dam led to major flooding at Bastrop State Park, and several campers were evacuated from Blanco State Park as the river flooded

 

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