Dam failure in Texas result of significant flooding in south central U.S.

A small dam in Bastrop State Park in Texas failed May 25 as a result of floodwaters in the area.

At the time this was written, the Colorado River at Bastrop was reported to be about 26.2 feet, or 3 feet above flood stage.

Locations affected by the dam break included:

— Eastern Tahitian Village, which was evacuated to higher grounds

— Highway 71, which was closed

— A local golf course (unnamed)

Water from the dam, which impounds a 7-acre lake on Copperas Creek, drained into the nearby Colorado River, and the lake is nearly empty, according to Texas Parks & Wildlife.

There were no injuries or deaths reported, and the dam does not impound water for a hydropower facility.

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Elizabeth Ingram is content director for the Hydro Review website and HYDROVISION International. She has more than 17 years of experience with the hydroelectric power industry. Follow her on Twitter @ElizabethIngra4 .

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