Blanco State Park to remain closed at least two months

Crews work to remove mud and gravel at Blanco State Park. Photo by Shelby Tauber/Austin American-Statesman
Crews work to remove mud and gravel at Blanco State Park. Photo by Shelby Tauber/Austin American-Statesman

Recent flooding scoured the day use area of Blanco State Park, which will likely remain closed for at least two months while crews clean up.

“The entire day use area was wiped out – barbecue pits, picnic tables and shade shelters,” office manager Jay Erlanson said.

The day-use area of the park was heavily damaged, but the campground and cabins survived the floods. Shelby Tauber/Austin American-Statesman
The day-use area of the park was heavily damaged, but the campground and cabins survived the floods. Shelby Tauber/Austin American-Statesman

Monday, workers were busy scooping mud and gravel off roadways and hauling away downed tree limbs and other debris left in the storm’s wake. Broken branches and scraps of metal still lined the shore, road signs were bent at the ankle and gravel and rocks covered the park’s playground.

Three of the park’s maintenance vehicles were swept down the river, and the park lost “a lot of big trees,” Erlanson said. The park’s campground area and cabins, however, survived the storm mostly unscathed.

The Blanco River itself looked calm and green two weeks after the floods, and a few miles upstream of the park a dozen or so people swam in it.

Author: Pam LeBlanc

Pam LeBlanc writes about fitness and travel for the Austin American-Statesman. She has worked for the Statesman since 1998 and written her weekly fitness column, Fit City, since 2004.

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