Stubblefield and Scotts Ridge Recreation Areas in the Sam Houston National Forest are temporarily closed due to flooded roads and the threat of falling trees.
Torrential rainfall over the past few days has saturated the ground and causing trees with shallow root systems to uproot according to Sam Houston National Forest Ranger Warren Oja. High water has forced the closure of Forest Service Road 215 from FM 1375 and Stubblefield Bridge over the west fork of the San Jacinto River.
In addition to Stubblefield and Scotts Ridge closures, which includes the boat ramp and swimming beaches, Cagle Campground boat ramp is closed as is the Multi-Use Trail. Sam Jacinto River Authority has closed Lake Conroe to all boating.
“The area has witnessed unprecedented rainfall recently. Lake Conroe is at record high levels and several of the bridges and roads leading to the recreation sites are under water,” Oja said. This rainfall has resulted in soil saturation and toppling of trees. For the safety of our visitors, we are temporarily closing these recreation areas.”
The National Weather Service is predicting the possibility of more rain through the Memorial Day weekend with a 60 percent chance of heavy rains returning on Tuesday and continuing through Friday.