GRAPEVINE (CBSDFW.COM) – Flooding from Denton Creek is slowly making its way across the lanes on FM 2499, creating a headache for commuters and nearby residents.READ MORE: Bomb Cyclone Off Pacific-Northwest Had The Pressure Of A Category 4 Hurricane
At the Marquis Apartments, complex management left a note with tenants of eminent flooding. Many chose to go ahead and pack up belongings and leave.
“It’s scary. Very scary. It was like this once a few weeks ago when we had all the rain, but it didn’t get much higher. Now it looks like it will get higher,” said Sharon Smiley, who left with her Jeep full of possessions.
Andy Newman has sandbags outside his unit. Inside, he moved electronics off the floor and prepared to pack suitcases.
“I met an officer outside who said, ‘What are you doing?’ I said, ‘I’m packing up and going.’ He said, ‘Good because I don’t want to have to tell you.’ By then, it’s too late,” Newman said.
Firefighters notified the people who live in approximately 800 apartment units across three complexes.
Wednesday evening, the Mayor of Grapevine signed a disaster declaration notice, allowing emergency responders to force evacuations if necessary.
Thursday afternoon, city officials said it was not coming to that point.READ MORE: Man Wanted For Allegedly Attacking CVS Employee At Dallas Store
Uphill from Marquis at the Riverwalk Apartments, an employee said they were setting up a back route in and out of the complex, so residents would have access to their homes.
The concern is more for access to the apartment complexes, than flooding of homes.
By 12:45 p.m. police and TxDOT had shut down the southbound side of FM 2499 in the area of Denton Creek. FM 2499 is a main route between Grapevine and Flower Mound.
Water is expected to continue to rise over the road through most of Friday. A TxDOT spokesman says closing the northbound side of FM 2499 will likely happen, but it’s too early to say when.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is monitoring the origin of the Denton Creek flooding. Tropical Depression dumped several inches of rain into the northern watersheds of the Trinity River in Montague County.
That water is draining into an already swollen Grapevine Lake, where water is topping the spillway. The lake was elevated to 562 Thursday afternoon, and a Corps spokesperson said it is anticipated to crest at 563.3 by 6-7 p.m. Friday. At that time, the flooding would taper off and the water would eventually start to recede.
The record elevation for Lake Grapevine is not much higher: 563.5 feet, set on November 1, 1981.MORE NEWS: Texas Rolls Out Plan To Vaccinate 5 To 11-Year-Olds Against COVID-19
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