Motel owner near Salado Creek complains about flood barricades

Budget Lodge owner claims barricades trapped guests, weren't placed strategically

SAN ANTONIO – Salado Creek is rising again after another round of showers blew through overnight and into the morning Friday.

As usual, barricades were up in trouble spots Friday morning to try to force people to make safe driving choices.

But Larry Hall, owner of the Budget Lodge along Interstate 35 near Splashtown, said there's safe, and then there's just over the top.

"They're closing down four businesses, and they're trapping roughly 400 people here," he said. "It floods under the bridge. There is a place to put the barricades to keep people from driving through the water."

Barriers along the frontage road kept drivers from continuing to Budget Lodge, and some drivers trying to leave went the wrong way on the frontage road then cut across a median to get onto I-35.

Texas Department of Transportation officials said safety is their No. 1 priority and that they are working with Hall to find a solution. Officials also said San Antonio police are involved with barricade placement as well.

A worker for the contractor who put out the barricades said he only put them where he was told. Then around 9:30 a.m. Friday, the worker removed some of the barricades so traffic could get through.

Hall said it was a victory because he could welcome guests again, but still wanted to know why barricades went up there in the first place.