Officials closed a steadily rising Lake Brownwood to boat traffic at noon Friday and expected the lake to reach 4.5 feet above spillway by late Saturday or early Sunday morning.
    With more rain forecast for Sunday and Monday, Brown County Water Improvement District Manager Dennis Spinks could not speculate as to how long the lake will remain closed. “It could be several days,” Spinks said.
    Officials also closed Riverside Park to vehicle and foot traffic, and Riverside Park Drive at Market Place Boulevard was closed.
    Some county roads and the farm-to-market road that crosses Hog Creek were closed as of early Friday afternoon, Spinks said.
    “There is still a lot of water that hasn’t reached the lake yet,” Spinks said.
    Swimming in the lake was not prohibited except in the area near the spillway, but Spinks did not recommend swimming. He said the lake is murky and contains a large amount of debris.
    The Pecan Bayou will most likely rise to the same level as the last high water event in early May, and emergency services personnel are monitoring water levels, Brownwood city officials said.
    People are advised to stay away from high rushing water, especially onlookers at bridges. Do not drive around barricades, city officials urged, and businesses, residences and properties prone to flooding should take precautionary measures.
    Becky Cagle, office manager at Lake Brownwood State Park, said the park was at capacity Friday, and she couldn’t speculate as to how the lake being closed would impact the lake over the Memorial Day weekend.
    “It’s really hard to tell that now,” Cagle said.
    Most of the park’s campsites remained open Friday, although a few were closed due to high water, Cagle said. “It’s a minimal impact right now,” she said. “We’ll have to wait and see how the weather rolls in.”
    The lake was 2.5 feet above spillway as of Friday afternoon and rising rapidly, Spinks said.