Buffalo Springs Lake to close all beaches ‘due to recent events’

Buffalo Springs Lake to close all beaches ‘due to recent events’
Authorities are working to enforce social distancing and safety guidelines as crowds flocked to Buffalo Springs Lake on Saturday. (Source: Photos submitted by viewer)

LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - Buffalo Springs Lake says “due to recent events,” all beaches will be closed starting at 8 p.m. Sunday night. Beaches will remain closed until further notice.

This comes after a viral video showed multiple emergency units responding to a large fight breaking out Saturday night.

Lubbock Mayor Dan Pope acknowledged the video on Sunday, encouraging everyone to keep safety in mind as the area tries to return to normal.

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Buffalo Springs Lake Facebook post, Buffalo PD and the Lubbock Sheriff will be making notifications at 7:45 p.m.

Authorities have been working to enforce social distancing and safety guidelines after crowds flocked to Buffalo Springs Lake on Saturday.

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The manager tells us Buffalo PD are doing their best to enforce the social distancing guidelines. He’s discussing the matter with their board to see what further actions they can take.

Game Wardens with Texas Parks & Wildlife don’t enforce social distancing guidelines but they are enforcing water safety rules as they deal with crowds similar to a Memorial Day or 4th of July holiday.

Lt. Aaron Sims with Texas Parks & Wildlife said, “They are focusing on enforcing water safety violations to keep people safe as they recreate. Wardens are making contact with both avid boaters and individuals that may not have been to a lake in years. Educating these individuals is a high priority for Wardens this weekend.”

The manager said they will consider closing the lake if they go over capacity, but the lake was not at capacity Saturday afternoon, with so many acres of waterfront and land included.

He’s encouraging all guests to follow the rules and stay hydrated as temperatures climb. Check the full list of rules at buffalospringslake.net.

Authorities are working to enforce social distancing and safety guidelines as crowds flocked to Buffalo Springs Lake on Saturday.
Authorities are working to enforce social distancing and safety guidelines as crowds flocked to Buffalo Springs Lake on Saturday. (Source: Photos submitted by viewer)

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