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Flooding Continues On Lake Amistad

Amistad National Recreation Area

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Waters remain at flood stage on Lake Amistad. Despite a continuous Amistad Dam release since Monday of 35,000 cfs by the International Boundary and Water Commission, the lake level has only dropped just under two feet to a level of 1127.91 feet above sea level.  Rains from Hurricane Alex have cleared, but the watershed is now being rained on by Tropical Depression 2. The effects of this added water are expected to again raise the lake level in coming days. Three of the four park campgrounds remain flooded and closed, as are two day use areas.  Maintenance crews are working long days making adjustments to park docks and buoys so that visitors may more safely launch/retrieve their boats and navigate the vastly enlarged lake. Rangers have had to increase patrols in order to warn visitors of activities that may be hazardous in and around the flood waters. Park visitation remains brisk, as anglers are taking advantage of the enhanced opportunity to catch catfish. Others are excited about the event and are bringing their families to view and play in the flood waters. Areas with flooded vault toilets have been posted with warnings, but visitors continue to swim there and are using the metal picnic shelter roofs as diving platforms. It is expected that flood conditions will remain for at least two weeks.


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