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Repairs finally underway at Berry Creek Park

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It's been nearly three years since Tropical Storm Hermine dumped up to 16 inches of rain across Central Texas.

It's taken some time, but damage from that deluge is finally being repaired in Williamson County.

Berry Springs Park, just east of Georgetown, opened back in 2005. The former pecan orchard features hiking, camping and a spring-fed pond, but in 2010, Hermine's flooding rains toppled the 100-year-old dam that formed the pond.

Now construction has finally begun on a new dam structure. It promises to improve the fish habitat for local anglers.

"The purpose of this new dam is to help make sure that the water flows where we want it to and the lake level is more constant, as long as the springs are flowing.” Randy Bell with the Williamson County Parks Department said.

Once the dam is complete and the pond refilled, the county plans to restock the fish in the pond with black bass, bluegills and other sport fish.

"Right now they're trying to isolate this main piece so they can get it dry and then go in and do their concrete work," Bell said.

For now, the pond is closed, but the park is still open. The $260,000 project should be complete by early September.

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