Flooding at the Texas Zoo and Riverside Park

The Texas Zoo brought in extra help to secure the animals from the flood

VICTORIA, Texas –  The Guadalupe River is expected to get close to a major flood stage on Saturday. It’s also expected to crest around 30 feet. This is the first time it’s reached this level since Hurricane Harvey.  Julia Wagner, with the Zoo Disaster Response group, flew in early on Saturday morning from North Carolina to assist with the zoo’s response to the flooding.

“Some of them are already crated, we are gonna be locking down the dangerous animals here shortly, so everything is being secured in anticipation for this possible flooding event and we’re gonna have people on sight throughout the entire duration to ensure that everything goes well,” says Wagner.

Wagner says the animals have been strategically placed to secure locations within the zoo, to keep them safe from the floodwaters. So far, the Texas Zoo doesn’t have an expected date to re-open, but Wagner says that they will announce it on their Facebook page, which you can find here.

On Saturday, there were still a few people out at Riverside Park, seeing the flooding and walking wherever there wasn’t water. Many parts of the park remain inaccessible, due to flooded roadways, which can be hard to navigate through the park which results in road closures throughout the park.