Flood concerns have eased, and the hot summer sun is beckoning Texans to lakes and reservoirs again. But just because the weather is seasonal and the flood waters have receded doesn’t necessarily mean all is safe. Many lakes in Texas weren’t able to recover from the excessive rainfall as quickly as Lake Brownwood did, and travelers may find conditions still treacherous.

Several drowning incidents have been reported in Texas as a result of post-flooding recreational accidents.

Floodgate releases, which were common, mean higher than normal river flows, stronger currents in rivers and lakes and an increased amount of debris — both visible and submerged.

Officials of the Brazos River Authority this week issued an advisory concerning such hazards, and recommended that boaters and swimmers avoid using lakes and rivers along its system until conditions return to normal. Those who do venture out anyway should be protected by life jackets.

Another hazard involves the increased amount of bacteria in the lakes and rivers, a common situation following floods such as the those that hit much of Texas this summer.

Summer is the time when enjoying the water is a favorite recreation, but safety should always be the primary goal.

Brownwood Bulletin