NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Last year the drought left lake lovers disappointed. This year water fans are again disappointed but for exactly the opposite reason. Flooding is now standing in the way of people having a good time.
The Lake Lewisville Willow Grove Park campground is completely closed. Not only are the picnic tables underwater, the City of Lake Dallas, on the shore of Lake Lewisville, had to shut off electricity to 15 camp sites, so people don’t get electrocuted.
Friday, water levels continue to slowly rise. The conditions have made it difficult, but not impossible for boat owners to get to their vessels in the marinas. But the flooded areas also wash a lot of debris into the water.
Lake Dallas Public Works employee Curt Miller said there’s, “Floating debris, trip hazards, floating ants, stuff like that is a danger for the citizens of Lake Dallas and people that like to visit.”
For it to be the beginning of a holiday weekend, there weren’t very many people out on the water. The Lake Dallas city parks are closed. Those who drove down, hoping to start the holiday weekend early will have to find fun elsewhere.
Park visitor Steve Shoate was frustrated. “Last year there wasn’t any water sports because it [lake level] was so low. You couldn’t really have anything. And right now there’s no water sports at all that can happen.”
Even though the Army Corps of Engineers is releasing water from Lake Lewisville, the water level will continue to rise. As of the noon hour, the water had about 1.58 feet to go before reaching the spillway.
The Corps is letting water out of Lake Ray Roberts at a faster rate, because that lake is already one foot over capacity.
There are also high-water concerns at other North Texas lakes. Boat ramps at Lake Worth were closed Friday morning. Officials were concerned water there could reach 600 feet. Water that high would mean boats could create wakes big enough to flood some homes and boat docks could be underwater. It’s been eight years since Fort Worth last closed the ramps.
All boat ramps at Grapevine Lake have also been closed until further notice.
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