Retaining wall along San Gabriel River almost complete

The retaining wall in San Gabriel Park is 95% complete. Crews have about 100 feet left to build. (KXAN Photo/Lauren Kravets)
The retaining wall in San Gabriel Park is 95% complete. Crews have about 100 feet left to build. (KXAN Photo/Lauren Kravets)

GEORGETOWN, Texas (KXAN) — Since 1996, the San Gabriel River has swallowed up about 20 feet of embankment in San Gabriel Park in Georgetown.

The River Bank Stabilization Project will help prevent more erosion when it floods and help keep debris from spilling over into the park.

Work on the wall started in March and was supposed to be done in June, but rain in the spring and now again during the summer has slowed construction.

Gerry Patterson has been walking the trails of San Gabriel Park for about four years. The paths run alongside the San Gabriel River.

“When I first came here in 2011 it was pretty dry, and you didn’t even have a small stream,” recalls Patterson.

The river has plenty of water now. The problem is trying to make sure the river and debris don’t flow into the trails.

“In fact I just saw a lot of debris, that river must’ve been pretty high,” says Patterson.

Patterson is looking forward to the end when the wall is finally finished.

“The more improvements they make, the better it is for the town.”

The city is 95 percent done with the wall, with about 100 feet left to build. They expect to finish the wall next month.

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