Brazos Bend State Park extends closure through at least June 21

Brazos Bend State Park staff extended the park’s closure to public use because of flooding through at least June 21.

“During this flooding event, the Brazos River reached a cresting height of 52.55 feet at the FM 1462 gauge in Rosharon,” Park Superintendent Chris Bishop said. “This is the highest reading at this gauge since the park opened in 1984.”

The historic flood of 1957 saw a cresting height of 53.4 feet.  The floods of 1992 and 1994 reached cresting heights at this gauge of 51.89 and 51.82 feet respectively.

Bishop cautioned that further closure extensions are likely as park staff are able to access flood-damaged facilities and park features to assess damage.

“At this point, we do not yet have enough information to know what to expect as the floodwaters recede.  We anticipate having road access restored to much of the park’s developed areas by the end of the week.  As soon as conditions are safe for our staff to access park facilities, we will begin a thorough damage assessment.  Our plans to restore the park and re-open to public use will be based upon that assessment.  We will re-open the park as soon as we are certain that we were providing both a safe environment and a quality state park experience,” Bishop said.

Brazos Bend State Park is a 5,000-acre parcel of public land managed by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to conserve natural and cultural resources, provide recreational and educational opportunities, and foster an understanding of the diversity of Texas’ lands and heritage for all generations.

For more information about Brazos Bend State Park or this release, please contact Chris Bishop, 979-553-5101 or visit www.brazosbend.org or Texas Parks and Wildlife on the web at www.tpwd.state.tx.us, or join the park’s Facebook fan site.

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