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Lake Waco boat ramps closed, flooding continues

POSTED: Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 4:24pm
UPDATED: Monday, April 23, 2012 - 4:33pm

WACO -- From severe drought, to overflowing.

In the past 6 months Lake Waco water levels have spun a 180. Despite the announcement from Park Rangers that several parks will remain closed after flooding, people we spoke with today said the extra rain is keeping their hopes afloat for this summer.

"It was so low last year and we had to take the boats out of the lake actually last year so, it's going to be great lake levels for the summertime."

"I'm always thrilled when it rains here in Texas because of the long hot summers."

Right now all park boat ramps are closed. The road to Flat Rock Park is underwater and Airport Park campgrounds are closed for up to three weeks.

As of Wednesday, the lake is still rising, but it while previous predictions said it could get up to 11 feet above normal, now the estimates are about 9 feet.

"Roads that are under water, we're looking at that park being closed for at least a couple of weeks after the water gets off the roadways," Park Ranger Elizabeth Anderson said. 

They're only releasing a small amount of water into the Brazos River. Park Rangers say if they release anymore, downtown would be underwater.

"Recreation is always secondary to flood control. So that's why we've had to shut down facilities up on the lake that recreational users utilize, but we're saving millions of dollars of damage downstream by doing that," Anderson said.

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