Flash flooding leads to closure of national park in Texas
Saturday, September 14, 2013, 9:25 AM -
The Guadalupe Mountains National Park in Texas was closed as heavy rain caused flash flooding on Thursday. The park will remain closed until further notice, but some sections could reopen by Saturday afternoon.
Park superintendent Dennis Vasquez explained that the closure was put in place to ensure the safety of park visitors and staff, as well as protecting the park resources.
Visitors were forced to evacuate the Pine Springs Campground.
The Texas Department of Transportation reported the closure of many roads in the area due to high water. Some parts of the region were hit by more than 300 millimeters of water in the last 24 hours.
Guadalupe Mountains National Park
The park contains Guadalupe Park, the highest point in Texas at 2666.7 meters in elevation and receives about 400 visitors each day. Numerous trails exist in the park for hiking and horseback riding.
The stunning rocky cliffs & untouched streams of Guadalupe Mountains National Park, visited by only 400 people / day. pic.twitter.com/KmhGFbmmde— Jim Newcombe (@HopperHawk) June 10, 2013