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Mission Reach Under Inspection For Structural Damage

The Mission Reach of the San Antonio River is still closed today but maintenance crews are making progress.

San Antonio River Authority spokesman Steven Schauer said inspections of the Mission Reach began Saturday as soon as it was safe to go out. He said maintenance began over the holiday weekend, first cleaning up the Museum Reach and then turning attention to the Mission Reach, which suffered greater damage.

"Our maintenance crews are working on the hike and bike trails to get them open, and the additional workers that we’ve brought in are going through the landscaping trying to pick up the trash and debris," he said.

Schauer said SARA will begin opening parts of the Mission Reach as soon as possible, but cautions hikers and cyclists not to cross barricades. He said engineers are on the banks of the river today.

"Most of the project upheld pretty well, but there are a handful of areas in which there was some significant erosion. In some areas, the erosion undercut the hike and bike trails, making them unsafe," he said.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the San Antonio River this weekend broke the 1998 record by two feet. The river at Loop 410 below the Mission Reach measured 34 feet at the deepest level after Saturday’s heavy rains.

Eileen Pace is a veteran radio and print journalist with a long history of investigative and feature reporting in San Antonio and Houston, earning more than 50 awards for investigative reporting, documentaries, long-form series, features, sports stories, outstanding anchoring and best use of sound.