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Park Hit By Record-Breaking Floods

Amistad National Recreation Area

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The remnants of Hurricane Alex have produced record-breaking flooding on Lake Amistad and the Rio Grande River. From Friday, July 2nd, to Tuesday, July 6th, Amistad's lake level rose from 1114 feet to over 1129 feet – 12 feet above conservation level and the highest lake level since 1973. Despite a brisk July 4th weekend visitation, visitors have lost only one boat, one jet ski, and one truck due to the rapidly rising waters.  A concession-owned houseboat was caught on the downstream side of the railroad and Highway 90 bridges during the rapid rise and is now unable to return to its marina without hitting the bottoms of the bridges.  Park facilities are heavily impacted, with three out of the four park campgrounds underwater along with multiple day use areas. Maintenance crews are working long hours to save docks at the 17 boat ramps throughout the park. Releases from Amistad Dam, administered by the International Boundary and Water Commission, are at 35,000 cubic feet per second, flooding the U.S. community of Vega Verde just down river from the park.  Across the river, over 10,000 homes have been evacuated and are flooded in Ciudad Acuna, Mexico. The lake level continues to rise and if current conditions persiste could rise an additional two feet per day.  Flood stage water levels are expected for at least the next two weeks.  Visitation remains brisk as people come to view the amazing amount of water. The lake can be viewed in real time from the park's webcam mounted on the Diablo East Ranger Station.


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