By Robbie Owens


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LAKE WORTH (CBS11)For years, homeowners living along Lake Worth had different worries: for example, “Will we ever get any water in this lake?” asks Elizabeth Tanner, “Because I love to fish! Couldn’t fish because there wasn’t no water out there.”

Now, Tanner could fish from her back door because the lake is now just a few feet beyond it.

She’s not alone.

Homeowners all around the lake are watching their backyards disappear as the lake rises.

“It happens quick,” says John Degroat, who lives on the other side of the lake. “It’s not happening because of the rain here… it’s happening because they’re letting it out of Bridgeport and Eagle Mountain Lake.

Degroat is a self-described ‘lake rat.’ He says he and wife Dottie love the lake lifestyle and jumped at the chance to retire along Lake Worth. As such, he says he understands that the water has to go somewhere.

“We want those lakes to be as empty as they can for the spring rains. If they’re full and this is full, then the water’s up here and you don’t want that.”

According to the National Weather Service website, Lake Worth hovered about a half foot below flood stage on Thursday afternoon. The lake level had dropped a tiny bit in the past two days.

Still, many lake homeowners wonder what North Texas’ stormy spring will bring if the lakes are already this full, this soon.

“We’ve had this water for almost a year like this and it’s unbelievable,” says Tanner. “This came up so fast yesterday, I could not believe it.”

Meanwhile, the Degroats say they have lessened their flood worries by choosing their lake front property well—with plenty of backyard cushion.

“I know a lot of our neighbors aren’t real thrilled,” says Dottie Degroat, “But we’re okay.”

Elizabeth Tanner says her ‘backyard cushion’ is now at about nine feet.

“We’re in pretty good shape, unless they let more water out. I hope it stays right where it is,” and then adding with a chuckle, “and doesn’t come any farther!”

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