JASPER COUNTY -- Right now, only two boat ramps and two campsites along the Sam Rayburn Reservoir are open.
The rest have been closed due to high water,” says Lynden Wood, with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. “This is the highest I’ve seen it.”
Recent rainfall is the reason for the high-water level. Water in Rayburn eventually flows into the Neches River, which is why high water levels can be concerning those who live south of Rayburn.
“If we are scheduled to release, Water Management and Reservoir Control will take a look at everything down stream to see if anything downstream can safely take the additional water; if it can't be done safely, we will just continue to hold,” says Wood.
Taking precautions, to prevent flooding as much as possible: “Right now, Sam Rayburn is doing its job we’re a flood controlled reservoir. We're here to hold back flood waters, and as of right now, that's what we're doing.”
High water also means more debris. The Corps of Engineers is urging anyone who wants to go out on the water to be extra cautious.