Several Texas and Louisiana state parks remain closed in the wake of Hurricane Laura which made landfall Thursday morning.
According to officials with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, state parks along the Texas coast and Louisiana border were closed Tuesday ahead of Hurricane Laura’s arrival.
Several state parks in Louisiana were also closed this week due to Hurricane Laura.
“Though Texas was spared the brunt of the storm #HurricaneLaura still caused significant wind damaged to Deep South East Texas,” officials said in a Tweet Thursday morning.
Texas Game Wardens working with other first responders are currently out assessing damage and check on those who stayed behind. Though Texas was spared the brunt of the storm #HurricaneLaura still caused significant wind damaged to Deep South East Texas. pic.twitter.com/pOXHLZNhzt— Texas Game Warden (@TexasGameWarden) August 27, 2020
The Texas parks that are currently closed due to Hurricane Laura are:
- Atlanta State Park
- Battleship Texas State Historic Site
- Brazos Bend State Park
- Caddo Lake State Park
- Galveston Island State Park
- Lake Livingston State Park
- Martin Creek Lake State Park
- Martin Dies, Jr. State Park
- Sea Rim State Park
- Sheldon Lake State Park
- Village Creek State Park
For a full list of state park closures and updates on openings, click here.
The Louisiana state parks Instagram page earlier this week announced the closure of:
- Bistineau State Park
- Cypremort Point State Park
- Fairview-Riverside State Park
- Grand Isle State Park
- North Toledo Bend State Park
- Palmetto Island State Park
- St. Bernard State Park
- Sam Houston Jones State Park
- South Toledo Bend State Park
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In preparation for #hurricanelaura, we are closing some parks. Closed Mon, 8/24: #grandislestatepark, #cypremortpointstatepark. Closed Tues, 8/25: #fairviewriversidestatepark, #fairviewstatepark, #stbernardstatepark, #samhoustonjonesstatepark, #palmettoislandstatepark. Closed Wed, 8/26: #northtoledobendstatepark, #southtoledobendstatepark, #lakebistineaustatepark. We’ll post reopening dates soon. Stay safe!
Hurricane Laura made landfall at close to 1 a.m. Thursday morning near Cameron, Louisiana as an extremely dangerous Category 4 Hurricane with sustained winds of 150 mph and gusts up to 185 mph.