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Heavy rains earlier this year subsided as summer started, and the swimming area at Tonkawa Falls outside Crawford will close Monday because of low water levels. The iron bridge over the creek, seen in this 2015 file photo, will be replaced starting in August, and the area will remain closed for the duration of the project.

A popular Central Texas swimming hole will close next week because water levels are low and the remaining water is becoming stagnant, the Crawford Police Department announced Wednesday.

Starting Monday, the city of Crawford will be closing Tonkawa Falls, east of downtown Crawford.

Authorities said jumping from the cliff area is strongly discouraged as the water level continues to drop.

“Unfortunately, there is no significant rainfall in the forecast, so the condition of the swimming area will continue to deteriorate,” Crawford police said in a statement.

Soon after the area closes, the Texas Department of Transportation will start construction to replace the old iron bridge over Tonkawa Creek on Aug. 1.

The location in and around the water will remain closed until the bridge replacement is done, police said.

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