Flooding Along the Paluxy River and at Big Rock Park, Glen Rose, Texas (Pictures)-2007


Flooding Along the Paluxy River and at Big Rock Park, Glen Rose, Texas (Pictures)-2007

27 June 2007 at 3:01:02 PM

Update: 2015- See Facebook group Somervell County Breaking News for some pictures of the Paluxy flooding AGAIN in May 2015. 

AND here's video from May 27 2015 of the Paluxy River and Big Rocks Park in Glen Rose. 

I went out earlier today to get some peaches from the farmer's market downtown and a friend told me to go drive by Big Rock Park. She said all the torrential rains we've had, relentlessly almost every day, had flooded the parking lot up to the road and almost covered the big rocks. Yup. Here's some pics and a video. And, um, there's a flash flood warning out till 4 today and it's raining again even as I type.


Look how the machinery is UNDER WATER! What was funny was watching everyone rubbernecking out the windows of their vehicles as they drove by.

UPDATE from June 29, 2007- just as a contrast-the river has gone down, even though it STILL rained again during the day but you can see the Big Rocks and the parking lot.There's about another hour left on the Flash Flood warning for today (Saturday).




From the 27th- While we were out we heard that another young man had died around the same time Courtney Butler of Stephenville drowned a few weeks ago. I'm not sure if it was the young man who had tried to rescue Butler-the neighbor telling us that said that he had died later on.

I don't think I have ever seen the Paluxy River so high, usually you can't even tell it's a river because there's so little water in it, like last year during the drought. I do wonder, if the River Walk goes through, what it would mean in expense if it washed out in situations like this; also to get to the River Walk on the side by Heritage Park, one would have to walk over the dam. At least on days like this, someone would have to be crazy to walk over it.

That said, somebody was out kayaking upstream on the Paluxy.

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1 - pzloth   28 Jun 2007 @ 9:05:24 AM 

Thanks for the pictures and video.  I am from Glen Rose but live in Granbury.  Way back in the early '80s, I think it was, the water at the big rocks was actually lapping against the pavement.  Now someone will prob. correct me on the year but I do know that I was old enough to drive at the time!  And it seems to me that my mom -who would have been 90 yrs old this year- told me about a time when she was a kid that the Paluxy flooded the square.  I was born and raised in Glen Rose and in all those years I don't remember hearing about anyone drowning and then this year we have 3.  How terribly sad.  Maybe it's because the town is much more populated now than in the '60s and '70s.  We didn't have many tourists then and everyone that lived there was taught from an early age that you just couldn't trust that beautiful river. 

Learned about this website from a local, glad to know you're here.  I will be visiting often.

Thanks, pzloth

2 - salon   28 Jun 2007 @ 10:32:22 AM 

Wow! Heh, if it keeps on raining, maybe it will end up again at the town square. I think you're right about the warnings. Most of the time, at least for the past 4-5 years, the Paluxy hasn't had much water, so it definitely hasn't looked treacherous. But of course it is when it's running that fast. I saw the pics (on a different post here) of the evacuations in Hood County. I'm just ready for it to stop raining!

Oh, and welcome to the site! :)

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3 - SKParvin   28 Jun 2007 @ 3:49:20 PM 

Definately thank you for the pics! I grew up in Glen Rose, and my dad still lives on the corner out at Rock Creek. I now live North of Dallas. I've been wanting to make it down to see the Paluxy, which I can remember just barely coming across the bridge there by 4 corners when I was little. Apparantly Rock Creek is running out of the banks too.. That has got to be the first time in 10 years or so! Anyway, thank you for the pics!

4 - salon   28 Jun 2007 @ 4:27:45 PM  You're welcome. I'm probably going to spend more time this summer driving around and taking pics I like, including a lot of the petrified wood houses. I believe it on Rock Creek. We looked out the window the other day (near the Knobs) and a normally almost non-existent creek was running like a river, with 2 waterfalls. I drove down one of the county roads and had to turn around a low spot because the water was flowing quite fast across the road. It's about 4:21 pm right now and I see on the waather map that there is yet another road of rain coming from Abilene. So... it continues!
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5 - VICKI   29 Jun 2007 @ 4:25:23 PM  Thanks for the pics. Just returned from Glen Rose couple weekends ago. Attended family reunion. Cousin (Deb) emailed me your web link to view pics of Big Rocks. Can't believe all this rain we've been getting in Oklahoma either. Love the pictures. Vicki

6 - salon   29 Jun 2007 @ 5:10:23 PM  Glad you like them! I was looking at a satellite map of the region and it's just unbelievable how far up the rain is going. It's raining again... now. I'll bet it was just lovely when you were here for your family reunion. Lovely now too, very green, just... wet! :)
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7 - joe   1 Jul 2007 @ 9:41:11 AM  Didn't they just change it from a 100 year flood plane to a 500 year flood plane? With it exceeding the flooding level I would think they would have to change it back to 100 years. Insurance rates for business owners and homeowners near the river will go back up if not higher than before, yes?
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8 - Kathy99   5 Jul 2007 @ 9:53:02 PM  Thanks for the pictures and the video.  I was going to go to Glen Rose, but we heard there was a lot of rain there on the news.  The event I was going to got cancelled, anyway. One lady I talked to said that some of the stores in downtown Glen Rose got flooded and they had sandbagged them to protect them.  Maybe another time. 

9 - salon   6 Jul 2007 @ 1:08:25 AM  Heh. Bring a BOAT! It's STILL raining now and may rain through Saturday! Hope your event was rescheduled.
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10 - Kathy99   6 Jul 2007 @ 3:20:29 PM 

Ha! Yes, unfortunately, we need a boat in Southeast Texas, too! We'll try for Glen Rose another time.  When is all this rain going to end?  I am ready for this low pressure system to move on somewhere where they need it!


11 - Patricia Stewart Potts   14 Jul 2011 @ 10:51:16 AM 

Loved looking at big rocks under water we need some rain it is dry now. I have seen it up to the road before when I was a kid.

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