Heavy rain prompts New Braunfels to close Comal River for recreation


New Braunfels officials have banned recreational use on the Comal River there after heavy rains pummeled Central Texas early Friday.

“This closure will remain in effect until further notice,” the city of New Braunfels said in a statement.

Authorities cited high water flow rates and said water was flowing over the Tube Chute Dam.

“Conditions on the Comal River will be reevaluated until it is determined that the river can be reopened,” city officials said.

Officials noted that the National Weather Service anticipates more rain over the weekend, which could “play a role in future decisions made by city officials.”

The city’s statement said the Guadalupe River remains open for recreation inside the New Braunfels city limits.

Meanwhile, New Braunfels police warned drivers in the area to slow down because of slick, wet roads, use caution and leave plenty of room between vehicles on the road.


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