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Many enjoy Lake Brownwood despite not being able to use boats

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LAKE BROWNWOOD, Texas - As the long Memorial Day weekend break ends, many who spent their vacation at Lake Brownwood State Park tried turning a lemon into lemonade.

Lake Brownwood was closed to recreational activities Monday due to Friday's heavy rainfall, which pushed the lake two feet over the spillway.

The park remained open, but people who brought their boats along had to make the best out of the situation.

"It was fun when I was swimming in the lake, me and my cousins were playing with the bench and we were pretending it was a pirate ship," Ellinna Merrill who traveled from Keppler with her family.

Her dad said the family's plans were not ruined because they couldn't bring boat.

"We still had fun," Mike Merrill said. "The kids went out and played in the water with their floaties."

Others who lived closer to Brownwood and camped for the weekend said they left once thunderstorms came into the area Sunday night into Monday morning.

Mark Sehwartz said he took his family back to Brownwood so the heavy rain and hail wouldn't ruin his camper. When he returned to the lake Monday, he was surprised by all the water that fell.

"We came back about an hour ago, and the water is right at the dumpsters," Sehwartz said.

No timetable has been set on when the lake will re-open.

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