Floods damage Austin parks and trails

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by JADE MINGUS / KVUE NEWS and Photojournalist SCOTT MCKENNEY

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Posted on October 14, 2013 at 5:48 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 14 at 6:00 PM

AUSTIN -- The City of Austin closed down trails and Barton Springs Pool after flood waters damaged them.

"The runoff created ruts and some parts of the trail have been washed out," said Victor Ovalle with Austin Parks and Recreation Department.

Rains submerged parts of the Butler Hike and Bike Trail and pummeled the Texas Rowing Center on Lady Bird Lake.

"A lot of the rowing shells got damaged -- holes, cracks and dents," said Thomas Janiak with the Texas Rowing Center.

Crews from the Austin Watershed Department estimate they will pull 10 to 12 tons of debris from the lake.

"When you see a rain event of this magnitude, you see a lot of soil, and that's what you are seeing in the lake today," said William Fordyce.

Barton Springs Pool is closed too as crews repair the water damage. Water levels rose five feet above normal. The diving board is damaged, gates are destroyed and sidewalks are muddy.

"The power of water is amazing. To see how high it went up, I'm just devastated," said Austin resident Katherine Moore.

Go here for safety tips for flash flooding.

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