Hurricane Harvey came ashore on Mustang Island as a Category 4 hurricane on Aug. 26, 2017. In the days that followed, it diminished to a tropical storm. During its nearly week-long existence, it dumped copious amounts of rain across south and east Texas and Louisiana.
The storm and subsequent flooding damaged a number of Texas’ state parks. Below is a list of parks that sustained damage.
Some campsites and park roads flooded. Portions of Park Road 1C between Bastrop and Buescher were damaged.
The Brazos River crested at 52.6 feet. Most of the park’s land surface was underwater, including many roads. Power was lost. The Nature Center and the George Observatory did not flood.
Flooding damaged the culvert at the park entrance, making it unsafe. Park staff will work on making the back entrance function as the main entrance in the interim. Portions of Park Road 1C between Bastrop and Buescher were damaged.
The park sustained some damage and flooding, but plans to reopen soon.
The hurricane took down or damaged over 200 trees in the park. Most buildings were unhurt. However, the maintenance shop lost its roof and a storage building was heavily damaged. The park lost power. The San Antonio River was forecast to crest at 34 feet.
The hurricane damaged the park’s roads along the bay. Buildings are standing, but have roof and flood damage. The fishing pier suffered damaged. The Big Tree survived, though younger trees around it were damaged.
The park received around 30 inches of rain.
The park sustained significant damage, as it was at ground zero for Harvey’s landfall.
The San Marcos River left silt in the refectory, but restrooms were not flooded. The park has a number of trees and limbs down. The superintendent anticipates clean-up will last through the end of September.
San Jacinto Battleground and Battleship Texas
The storm did not damage either site, but they remained closed for a number of days due to area flooding.
No damage has been reported. The road into the park was flooded, blocking access.
The park experienced some flooding, but was otherwise undamaged.
Stephen F. Austin
The Brazos River once again flooded the park. Repairs will take an extended time.
Most of the park was covered by six feet or more of floodwaters. Water inundated the utilities for the water and electric campground and restroom building (though these facilities did not flood).