Isolated rain showers continued to fall over Brown County on the Fourth of July, complicating district softball tournament schedules and scattering families gathered for holiday celebrations.
But the level of Lake Brownwood was continuning to drop, and the chances for rain are forecast to diminish as a weekend featuring at least two major area fireworks shows approaches.
Lake Brownwood, whose level was 1.4 feet above spillway Wednesday evening, remained open to boat traffic for the Fourth of July — a rare situation for many Central Texas lakes. After being closed due to high water levels last weekend, Lake Brownwood was reopened to boats Monday morning.
On Wednesday, the reservoir here was one of the few major lakes in the area available for recreational use over the important summer holiday.
That status could still be in effect this weekend, assuming rains forecast for today and Friday don’t intervene.
A major Independence Day fireworks display has been planned at Lake Brownwood at dusk on Saturday night. A fireworks show scheduled on Wednesday night in Comanche was postponed until Saturday because of the weather.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced numerous closings at its lakes in the region because of flooding. At Proctor Lake in Comanche County, boat ramps, courtesy docks and fishing docks in all parks, and the fishing area at the dam were closed Wednesday. Various picnic sites, campsites, and group shelters in all parks were closed at midday Wednesday. Copperas Creek day use was also closed.
At Hords Creek Lake in Coleman County, both Lakeside and Flatrock Parks have various campsites and group shelters closed due to flooding.
Further south, the Lower Colorado River Authority said Wednesday that Lakes LBJ, Marble Falls, Inks and Travis remained closed for recreational boating. The ban was implemented because of “debris, swift currents, other unsafe conditions and the forecast for continued rain, according to Emlea Chanslor, LCRA spokesperson. Recreational boating was being allowed on Lake Buchanan, but users are being urged to be alert for floating debris and quickly changing weather conditions.
Lake Granbury was another reservoir closed on July 4. Although recreational boating access for the public was restricted, parks and facilities at the lake for day and overnight use were open, according to Judy Pierce, public information officer for the Brazos River Authority. Conditions will be evaluated daily, she said, and its status is available by calling (817) 573-1407.