City: Lake Brownwood closed, water level 2 feet over spillway


BROWNWOOD, Texas - Lake Brownwood is now closed off to boaters.

That's according to a city of Brownwood news release, which notes the current Lake Brownwood water level is slightly above 1426.65 feet, or more than two feet above the spillway.

The decision to close Lake Brownwood comes after heavy rains.

But the state park is already seeing visitors who brought their boats for the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

"I don't know if it messed up our plans, we're just going to relax and just try to have a good time," said Noe Muniz, who traveled from Odessa with this dad. "I'm hoping the lake will open up tomorrow or Sunday. I want to do some boating, but we'll see."

Muniz booked his stay at Lake Brownwood State Park until Monday with more family members expected to arrive Friday night from Dallas.

"This is the first time that they closed the lake on us," said Nick Muniz, Noe's dad. "Everything has been pretty smooth the 15 years that we've been coming here."

The Brown County Water Improvement District met Friday afternoon to discuss the lake's closure. The main concern was water flowing downstream from the lake's watershed in Callahan County bringing debris.

BCWID General Manager Dennis Spinks said the local economy will take a hit because of the decision to close the lake for recreational use.

"[On] holiday weekends, that state park is usually booked full," Spinks said. "So it's going to be an impact for them, it's going to be an impact for all of Brown County."

The National Weather Service advised another inch of rain is projected between Sunday and Monday.

"People are advised to stay away from high rushing water, especially onlookers at bridges," Brownwood City Manager Emily Crawford said. "Do not drive around barricades."

One family that drove from Hamilton to spend the weekend at Lake Brownwood State Park said rain will not wash away their plans.

"We'll make the best of it," Jason Sellers said. "[We'll] hang out here, let the kids play in the water around the edges, cook, and have fun."

Spinks said they expect the lake to crest late Friday evening and they hope to reopen it to boaters by early next week. While swimming isn't restricted, he advised people not go in the water because of debris.

Up-to-date information can be found on the city's website, the city of Brownwood and Brownwood/Brown County Emergency Management Facebook pages, and Code Red alerts.

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