By Yona Gavino | CBSDFW.COM

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FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Lake Worth opened back up to boaters Tuesday morning after being closed earlier this month due to flooding. Storms brought the water level up by almost half a foot, but a couple of mostly dry days was enough to lower the lake back down to a safe level.

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Officials opened up the lake to boaters at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday.

Fishermen and nearby business owners were glad to hear the good news. “I didn’t have any place to fish, because all the lakes are flooded right now,” fisherman Jim Moore stated Tuesday morning. “You’re kind of at the mercy of a little bitty lake with a whole bunch of boats on it.”

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There are still some things, however, that boaters and fishermen should know before jumping into the water.

While the lake level has gone down, anyone heading into Lake Worth should exercise caution, because there may still be some debris floating around, or hidden hazards such as submerged boat docks or tree stumps.

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Also, animals living around the lake may have had their nesting or feeding spots disturbed by the flooding, and have moved to higher ground. This could include fire ants, snakes, deer and alligators. So, lake visitors should be careful around the edges of the water as well, because of this potential for increased wildlife activity.