NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Water engineers have moved to high alert status in Tarrant County after weeks of spring rains have pushed rivers and reservoirs to capacity.
Teams are working in shifts at the Tarrant Regional Water District, monitoring water levels 24 hours a day.
Even with three days of rain-free weather, some roads remained closed Monday in Wise County, where rivers that normally drain into lakes are spreading out over low bridges.
Lake Worth, Eagle Mountain Lake and Lake Bridgeport were all at full-capacity Monday.
“There are people all along and entities who may see different impacts,” said Rachel Ickert, the water resource director for TRWD. “With each decision that we make we’re looking at both at the reservoirs and what’s happening downstream.”
Ickert said teams were running models to predict water levels, while also taking calls from residents about real-time conditions.
At Lake Grapevine, water levels are 10 feet above normal. Campgrounds, picnic areas and grills are under water.
Ickert said a good week of dry weather would be needed to return to low-level alert status.