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Debris-filled Lake Conroe closes temporarily after heavy rain, officials say

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Lake Conroe is closed temporarily because of high lake levels, submerged objects and debris, the San Jacinto River Authority announced Saturday night.

The river authority said there are hazards present in the water that could put people’s safety at risk.

The lake level rose to 203 feet above mean sea level, which the river authority said is two feet over the lake’s pool level.

Lake Conroe saw an average of more than 4 inches of rain over the 36 hours leading up to the announcement of the lake’s temporary closure, according to the river authority and Montgomery County Pct. 1 Constable’s Office, which patrols the lake.

The river authority is still releasing water from Lake Conroe to reduce peak flow, which it said would have otherwise caused more flooding.

“At this level, many docks, bulkheads, small islands, and other structures are fully submerged and create a very dangerous situation for boaters,” the river authority and constable’s office said in a joint statement. “In addition, high winds and rapidly-flowing water from local streams have resulted in a large amount of floating debris on the reservoir. With bulkheads becoming submerged, lake area residents should also be cautious of electrical outlets and equipment coming into contact with water.”

You can get more information by visiting the river authority’s website here, or call the constable’s office at (936) 856-6329.

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