Flooding shutters five Texas state parks, no timetable for reopening

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BURNET, Texas (KXAN) — Five Texas state parks are closed to the public after recent Central Texas flooding forced Texas Parks and Wildlife to block off driveways and trails due to high water.

The five parks: Inks Lake State Park, Colorado Bend State Park, South Llano River State Park, Abilene State Park and Lake Whitney State Park all have varying degrees of flooding, according to Texas Parks and Wildlife.

“Whenever we have these flooding events, unfortunately, it does lead to closures,” spokesperson Stephanie Garcia said.

Garcia expected the weather to impact visitor numbers but encouraged Texans to visit one of the other 90 parks statewide that were not affected by flooding last week.

“We usually see a good amount of visitors during the fall because fall is such great weather that a lot of people go out and go camping, or go walk some of our trails and go bike or even go fishing,” she said.

“Maybe if one of their favorite parks is flooded, it’s a great chance to explore maybe somewhere new that is still open,” she explained.

There is no timetable for when the five parks will reopen, and no cost estimate either until crews can check out the damage when the floodwaters recede.

“Once the water recedes, our staff are going to go in there and assess the damages so our park visitors can come back and visit us hopefully soon,” Garcia said.

Visitors are encouraged to check the list of park closures posted by Texas Parks and Wildlife. The department also has more information on its website.

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