Safety first in Hood and Somervell counties

Safety first in Hood and Somervell counties

Those in Hood and Somervell counties now have extra access to free life-saving devices when in need. 

The Brazos River Authority partnered with Safe Kids North Texas, led by Cook Children's Medical Center, to provide 45 free life jackets to two loaner stations.


Together the agencies contributed to putting 20 personal floatation devices at a loaner station located at the city of Granbury’s City Beach on Lake Granbury. Another 25 new life jackets were distributed across three loaner stations in Somerville County. Those stations included locations Wheeler Branch Reservoir, Big Rock Park, and at the “Blue Hole” in Dinosaur Valley State Park.

Life jackets can be a lifesaver. But only if you wear them. 

Wearing a life jacket is the best precaution you and your loved ones can take while enjoying recreational activities on or near the water.

Another 300 free life jackets will be distributed to children on a first-come, first-serve basis May 2 at DeCordova Bend Park as part of the BRA’s 5th annual Water Safety Day. The festivities will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 7710 Rainey Ct. and will include food, fun and freebies. In addition to the already-popular annual Water Safety Day, the BRA will be celebrating Lake Granbury and DeCordova Bend Dam’s 50th birthday. 

Construction on Lake Granbury began in December 1966, with a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of the DeCordova Bend Dam. That construction was completed in late 1969, and a formal dedication attended by hundreds was held during the spring of 1970.

Drowning is sudden and it is silent. Take advantage of every precaution any time around bodies of water.