Salmon Lake Park reopening after flooding repairs

Published: Jun. 22, 2021 at 2:52 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 22, 2021 at 8:12 PM CDT
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GRAPELAND, Texas (KTRE) - An abundance of rain around Memorial Day caused Salmon Lake to flood, causing significant damage; however repairs have been in progress and the park is again open for swimming.

The main damage was to the dam; water created a hole through it and went down the creek, which led to no water to swim in.

“It was carving through the dam, basically, just that much water. It carved a hole through the dam and the lake just went right on down the creek bed,” said Bethany Owens, the Co-Owner of Salmon Lake Park.

Salmon Lake Park currently has most of the repairs to the dam completed, but it still needs grass. The stage and several aesthetic structures were damaged as well. The stage, used for major music festivals, will be finished by their next festival, taking place in late July as well as their popular Bluegrass Festival later in the year.

“The Bluegrass Festival has traditionally been one of the largest bluegrass festivals in the state, so to make sure we get that stage done and right and good for years to come is really important to us,” said Owens.

The dam repair itself cost around $35,000. The diving platform was also destroyed and the park will get another one. Despite the amount of damage, the park says they have received numerous amounts of support from the public both monetarily and through service.

“Everyone has been praying for the park and for us; we can’t express how grateful we are to the community for that kind of outreach,” said Owens.

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