Swollen, raging Bosque River draws attention

Posted at 7:54 PM, Oct 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-16 20:54:18-04

The rain-swollen Bosque River in Clifton over-ran its banks Monday and on Tuesday, it spread across even more land, closing roads and forcing people to detour around flooded roads.

It also brought out lots of people wanting to get a look at the growing and fast-moving river which hasn't been this high in years.

Jason Evans and a friend came all the way from Speegleville to see the spectacle of the Bosque River over its banks.

He says, our dry summer, followed by this much rain, made this rushing river a must-see.

"No, no no.  Not this much rain, you know, lately we’ve been in a drought," Evans said. 

You can hear the river before you see it, and once you do lay eyes on it, you can’t help but notice how fast the water moves.

Logs as big as small cars barrel down the Bosque like they’re speeding down a freeway.

As bad as things look right now, they’re bound to get worse.  The Bosque won’t crest until midnight Tuesday into Wednesday, at about 29.2 feet, well below the flood of 1991

And Evans remembers hearing the stories about the flood of ’91, from his father.

”The water was all the way up past… you can see where the American Legion was taken out.  I know it was way past this, took out the football field,” he said.

If you look past the barricade on Riverside, you can easily make out the concrete foundation of the old American Legion that got swept away in the '91 flood.

Even the nearby park keeps drawing people wanting to see a Bosque that’s overflowed its banks twice as much as just yesterday.

Evans says, he can only offer some familiar advice.

”Uh, I don’t know…turn around don’t drown I guess.  Got a car in the creek in Speegleville,” he said.

Like one accident Monday there, he doesn’t want anyone to have to become yet another spectacle, as the floodwaters keep rising.

Meantime, Clifton Schools say they will open two hours later tomorrow, because of travel problems caused by the floods in rural areas.

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