The Bastrop Colorado River KOA campground was deserted Friday morning.
“We didn’t want anybody to be in danger or be in danger of losing any of their property,” said campground co-owner Darryl Katay.
The threat of rising water had park owners Darryl and Elizabeth Katay sending their guests to higher elevations.
“They helped pick up the picnic tables and move everything, it was a community effort,” co-owner Elizabeth Katay said.
The river swallowed their fishing dock and most of the playground, but for the most part, the RV park stayed dry.
Down river in the Pecan Shores neighborhood of Smithville, homeowners watched to see just how high the river would rise--every inch a threat to their homes.
At one point, city crews spray painted river’s current level on the road. Less than 10 minutes later it was under water.
“If I sit back and think of it too much, you know, I could get caught up in that,” neighbor Thomas Hancock said.
Hancock has lived most of his life on the Colorado River. He said the serenity of his riverside home more than makes up for days like this.
“The aura of the river, just the calmness of it, the calming effect that the running river puts on a person,” Hancock said.
For now, anxiety replaces that calm, but that's life on the river.
“Just wash everything down and resume normal activities,” Hancock said. “Get back to what you were doing before it got here.”
Smithville Police asked the residents of Pecan Shores to evacuate Thursday evening. They hope the water will drop fast enough for them to begin the cleanup on Saturday.