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.
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.