SAN AUGUSTINE COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - All five national parks in San Augustine County continue to have flood issues since the rains in April and May. Townsend Park, which is operated by the county, is not open for campers. The federal government shut it down Friday due to high water.
San Augustine County Commissioner Joey Holloway has been surveying Townsend Park for flooding since April. The park lies in his precinct.
“This level of water. Late 80's, in the 90's, it got up [pretty high],” Holloway said while driving to the flooded picnic area along the lake. “But I don't think it got up like this."
"See the willow, the little cypress stick up...out there,” Holloway explained about where the actual lake level used to be about 100 yards from where it normally is.
Regardless of the national park you head to in San Augustine County, you can find the impact of flooding. This includes Rayburn, San Augustine, Jackson Hill and Powell parks.
At Powell Park Camping & Marina, they have closed several roads and access to the marina, but boat ramps are still open. Owner Bud Bond says the flood waters forced them to shut down access to a marina and cancel reservations.
"So, it's impacted us quite a bit. I mean we've lost a third of our business already this year," Bud Bond, Owner, Powell Park Camping Resort explained.
Bond says the boating season runs from April through September. So far, April and May have been financial washouts. He say's they've issued camping refunds, “Close to $40,000."
It's a slightly different story for Jackson Hill Park & Marina. It, too, has received lots of rain. Because it sits higher up than some of the other parks, the impact has not been as bad.
"We haven't had a lot of damage other than having to close our campgrounds,” said Terry Simpson, who co-owns Jackson Hill Marina with his wife Connie. However, the rising water did prompt them to add 50 feet onto their dock.
“Other than that, the lake's in great shape and the fish have been biting. It really hasn't affected us that much,” Simpson said.