FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Thanks to all of the heavy rain, Lake Worth was closed to all boating activity starting at 9:00 a.m. on Friday morning. The water level has risen by almost half a foot.
Local officials decided to close the lake to boating activity since the rising lake level could cause docks to become submerged, creating a navigational hazard. Boat owners who live near the lake have been asked to keep their vessels off of the water while the boat ramps are closed.
One resident said that the water does get pretty high after days of heavy rain. “It happened last year also,” said Ron Bruce. “In fact, that’s kind of how you know how high the lake is, go down to the boat ramp and see how much the lake is actually in the parking lot, you know, because it will swamp the ramp where you can’t even see it.”
The City of Fort Worth is also reminding residents near the lake to remain vigilant as the heavy rains could lead to an increase in wildlife activity — including alligators, fire ants and snakes who could be seeking food sources on higher ground.
None of that, however, stopped some people from showing up and walking past the road barricades with fishing poles to enjoy the higher water from the shore.
There is no timetable for how long the lake will remain closed. North Texas has been under a Flash Flood Watch that is set to end at midnight — after which, the area is expected to begin drying out, with no rain chances in the weather forecast beginning on Sunday.
Officials on Friday morning also said that Lake Bridgeport would be closed to recreational boating until further notice.