GRAPEVINE (CBSDFW.COM) – Flooding at Lake Grapevine has shut down both directions of busy FM 2499 from Highway 121 in Grapevine to Lakeside Parkway in Flower Mound. And the lake is not even expected to crest until later on Friday evening.
Lake Grapevine is projected to reach its second highest level ever — 28 feet above its normal lake level.
This means that the water level along the roadway will likely get even higher.
Lake Grapevine is overflowing into nearby Denton Creek, and then onto the road. Water has also started creeping into some Flower Mound homes. Some residents installed pumps — or put up boards and sandbags — to prevent the waves from crashing into their houses.
Despite early warnings, it does not appear as though anyone has left the area. “These are my criteria,” explained Flower Mound resident Julie Almond, “water, power and bathroom. If any of those go out, I’m out of here.” Neither Grapevine nor Flower Mound have issued any mandatory evacuations.
Both cities, however, have issued disaster declarations, just in case evacuations become necessary at some point during the weekend.
Maura O’Neill’s house was about two football fields away from Lake Grapevine back in May. Now, she has at least four inches of water inside of her home. They are trying to pump the water out, she said, but it does not seem to be making much of a difference.
O’Neill said that she is concerned by “how high it’s going to get inside, just getting the rest of the stuff out that we need to. Then I will figure out where we live after.” She was able to get everything moved from the first floor during the rain back in May.
Meanwhile, any drivers who need to travel near the Grapevine Mills Mall this weekend will want to change their plans or seek alternate routes, as FM 2499 passes directly next to the shopping center. Cars have even started to back up onto Highway 121 on Friday as a result of the road closure. Check the traffic map for the latest updates.