Rains dampen Texas tourism, parks

Staff Report

The Associated Press

Weeks of rain have dampened recreational activities across Texas. Last summer many officials were warning boaters about Texas lakes that were too low and banning fireworks because of the drought.

Now some popular lakes might be closed for the Fourth of July because they're too full.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department temporarily has closed Lake Whitney State Park, as well as Mother Neff and South Llano River state parks.

Department spokesman Rob McCorkle says revenue flow will be affected if this kind of rain continues and keeps the parks closed.

The Lower Colorado River Authority has closed Lake Travis, Inks Lake, Lake Marble Falls and Lake L-B-J. 
Lake Buchanan remains open but the agency is urging people to be cautious of debris, such as tree stumps and other materials washed into the water.