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TARRANT COUNTY (CBS11) – The Tarrant Regional Water District started closing lakes Tuesday, as the effects from last year’s record rains continued to spill over into the new season.

District engineers closed Lake Bridgeport and expected Eagle Mountain Lake to close by Wednesday.

Fort Worth closed Lake Worth late Tuesday as runoff from two days of heavy rains continued to stream in.

Inside a monitoring room at the TRWD, water resources engineers moved back and forth between computer, comparing models updated by the second with data streams. A team lead used the data to make decisions on opening and closing release gates on reservoirs, relaying the information to district officers in the field.

“We knew based on the rain that has fallen and how much waters flowing in the rivers, about what volume and at what time it would reach our reservoirs,” said TRWD Director Rachel Ickert.

The team is only able to forecast lake and stream levels based on rain that has already fallen.

Forecasts change every time it begins to rain again.

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