State Parks Reopening After Floods
Operations are resuming at more than a dozen state parks in south, central and north Texas that were affected by torrential rains surrounding the traditionally busy July 4th holiday period. Officials continue to urge visitors to phone ahead or check the Internet for the latest news on state parks affected by floods.
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is facing an estimated $6-to-10 million bill to clean up and repair 22 state parks and three wildlife management areas affected by flooding. That estimate does not include road repairs, which could run another $2-to-3 million. The agency must also absorb lost revenue state parks would have made if not for floods--early estimates put that at more than $500,000, but a more accurate figure won't be available until early August.
State parks previously reported affected by floods are now mostly open, except those mentioned below.
Garner State Park near Concan remains closed after suffering considerable damage from a rain-gorged Frio River that wreaked havoc on campgrounds, shelters, utilities and other parts of the park's infrastructure. Repairs have begun and TPWD officials said they hope to have portions of Garner back on line by July 17.
Goliad State Park is also totally closed to visitors. The park appears to have dodged a bullet when the San Antonio River crested at just more than 52 feet Wednesday evening. A few restrooms got water inside, but the Mission Espiritu Santo and other main buildings were spared. The park should reopen by the end of July.
Landmark Inn State Historic Site in Castroville is closed to day-use visitors, although the bed-and-breakfast historic inn is now back open for overnight lodging.
Hill Country State Natural Area near Bandera remained inaccessible today due to inundated park access roads.
People planning to visit state parks in areas affected by recent flooding can check the TPWD Web site (www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/) for the latest news.
TPWD urges visitors with camping reservations at state parks in flood-affected regions call the Texas State Parks Customer Contact Center at (512) 389-8900 to re-confirm their reservations. The center is open 9 a.m.-8 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m.-noon Saturday. The center is closed Sunday.