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Victoria Preparing for Rise on the Guadalupe River; Low-lying areas of Riverside Park are closed; All of Riverside Park will Close Saturday at 7 am

Post Date:06/03/2016 4:30 PM

(VICTORIA, TEXAS) Victoria emergency officials continue to watch rising river levels on the Guadalupe River as more rain is anticipated this weekend. Flash flooding is possible due to already saturated lands and a flash flood watch is in effect for much of the Victoria region until Saturday evening. The public is urged to stay away from the Guadalupe River until further notice. 

The National Weather Service forecast says the Guadalupe River will rise steadily over the next few days and crest at 28.1 feet sometime Sunday afternoon. At that level, there is minimal impact except for low-lying areas of Riverside Park, some low-lying City streets near the river and a few low-lying roads in Victoria County. 

Currently, the Guadalupe River level is at 26.19 feet and steadily rising.

As a result, parts of Riverside Park are already closed including the boat ramp, Grovers Bend, Foxes Bend, sections of McCright Drive and other low-lying areas in the park. No vehicles, pedestrians or bicycles should go around the barricades and it is against the law to move a barricade. The City RV Park also will be closed.

All of Riverside Park, including the Texas Zoo, will close at 7 am Saturday, June 4 and will remain closed until further notice. All events scheduled at Riverside Park are cancelled on Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5.

Stayton Street will remain open, and at this time, the Pump House Restaurant on the Guadalupe River expects to remain open but parking may be limited.

Ranchers and farmers near the river should be prepared to move livestock and large equipment to higher ground.

Scheduled closings:

  1. All of Riverside Park will close at 7 am Saturday, June 4. A decision on when the park will re-open is going to be made over the weekend.
  2. McCright Drive will be closed starting at 5 pm today (Friday, June 3)

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