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Repairs to begin at Balmorhea State Park pool in West Texas

August 2, 2018

FILE - In this July 23, 2012 file photo, a swimmer dives into the spring-fed pool at Balmorhea State Park in Balmorhea, Texas. Crews will start repairing the Balmorhea State Park pool in West Texas after what's touted as the world's largest spring-fed swimming pool collapsed during cleaning. The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department on Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, announced $2 million in repairs on the pool, located 120 miles (193 kilometers) southwest of Midland, should take several months. (Heather Leiphart/Odessa American via AP, File)

BALMORHEA, Texas (AP) — Crews will start repairing the Balmorhea (bal-mor-RAY’) State Park pool in West Texas after what’s touted as the world’s largest spring-fed swimming pool collapsed during cleaning.

The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department on Thursday announced $2 million in repairs on the pool, located 120 miles (193 kilometers) southwest of Midland, should take several months.

Part of the historic pool, built by the federal Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, collapsed in May. Experts blame erosion linked to flow from San Solomon Springs.

The 3.5 million-gallon (13.25 million liters) pool is up to 25 feet (7.62 meters) deep.

Officials say hand demolition will be required to protect endangered species.

The Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation has established an account to accept donations to help fund repairs prior to the pool reopening.

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