Continued Rain Showers Mean Water Worries In Lake Worth

UPDATED | March 10, 2016 11:17 AM

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NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The continued rainfall has water levels rising, and that’s bad news for some people living in Lake Worth. Families in some communities are anxious as they wait and watch the encroaching water.

The number homeowners are concerned with is 595 feet — that’s when flooding can become a problem. Before sunrise, the lake level was almost at 597.

On some parts of the lake, that extra two feet of water means boat docks are nearly submerged, backyards can turn into ponds and water creeping into homes is a very real possibility.

Some homeowners, watching the water quickly rise, say the situation is simply too close for comfort. “Three days ago it was about 100 feet back from where it is right now. Back to where the, uh, you see where the sailboat is? It’s another 10 feet past that,” recalled Ted Hubble. “There are a couple of fellas [who live] a little farther down the road that if you run a fast boat behind their house the waves will come in the door.”

People are very wary of any more rain, especially up around Eagle Mountain Lake or Lake Bridgeport. Lake Worth is downstream from those two lakes, so water released upstream means rising lake levels downstream.

Unfortunately for people in the area, watching the water rise has become a nerve-racking routine. Floodwater was an issue in June and November of last year.

Lake Worth resident Taylor Neff said, “It’s tense,” and then hoped out loud that officials in the area would take the proper flood control measures. “We’re used to it right now, but we’re just keeping an eye on the numbers. We’re watching what those two lakes are letting out. We’re hoping the TRD (Tarrant Regional Water District) will help us out a little bit, because they’re letting a little too much in right now.”

Lake Worth doesn’t have a floodgate it can open to release water, so that means it can only rise over the banks.
The City of Fort Worth has closed the boat ramps at Lake Worth and is asking people with boats on the lake not to use them to prevent wakes from damaging homes and boaters from hitting large objects hidden just beneath the surface of the murky floodwater.

As it stands, meteorologists are forecasting wavs of heavy rains for the next couple of days. In the next 48 hours, parts of North Texas could an additional 1 to 2 inches of rain.

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