Brownwood municipal officials were counting their blessings Friday after a possible predawn flood failed to develop, and heavy rains skirted the area.
The break in precipitation allowed the swollen Pecan Bayou and its creeks and branches to send more water downstream than was coming in from the Lake Brownwood spillway.
James Cook, emergency management coordinator for the City of Brownwood, said the lake peaked at 4.3 feet above spillway around 11 p.m. Thursday, stayed at that level until about 3 a.m., and then started to slowly drop. Late Friday night, the lake level stood at 3.6 feet above spillway.
“Several roads remain closed due to water, including C.C. Woodson and the Williams Ranch Road,” Cook said. “We’ve got barricades at those locations and city crews standing by to make sure motorists don’t try to drive around them.”
Meanwhile, the weather forecast was calling for decreasing chances of rain this weekend, but emergency personnel were still planning to monitor the situation throughout the weekend, Cook said.
“It’s looking good right now,” he said.
Luis Rodriguez, a member of the City of Brownwood street department, was posted at the barricade on C.C. Woodson at Opal Street during the drive-home time Friday afternoon. Water could be seen covering the thoroughfare near the Pecan Bayou bridge.
“It’s come down a little,” Rodriguez said. “But it could have been a lot worse.”
The elevated waters in the Pecan Bayou forced the closing of Ben Lednicky Park on East Commerce and nearby Riverside Park. Water was almost touching the bridge linking Brownwood and Early at East Commerce and Early Boulevard, which is U.S. Highway 67-84-377.
Cook said while the National Weather Service forecasters are anticipating a break in the heavy rainfalls this area has been experiencing, another round could be heading this way.
“They’re talking about this system moving east a little bit, and then moving back over us at midweek, around July 4,” Cook said.
Meanwhile, Lake Brownwood remained closed to all boating traffic because of the high water level.