Corps Of Engineers Watching Lewisville Lake Dam As Water Level Rises

Alan Scaia
October 18, 2018 - 9:11 am
Lewisville Lake Dam

Credit: Alan Scaia, 1080 KRLD

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LEWISVILLE (1080 KRLD) - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it has increased inspections of the Lewisville Lake dam as water levels increase from this month's rain. The water has reached its highest level since water started seeping under the dam in 2015.

"The flood waters did completely fill the flood pool at Lewisville in 2015 and 2016, but we're not looking at a forecast that shows that's going to happen currently," says the Corps of Engineers' Clay Church.

Church says the water level at Lewisville Lake is running above normal but is still five feet below the level where water would reach the emergency spillway.

"We continue to watch the weather as everyone in North Central Texas is and ready to ensure those flood-risk management reservoirs and the system continue to operate," he says.

After water started seeping under the dam in 2015, the Corps of Engineers planned $150 million in improvements. The Corps is still waiting on funding and hopes to start construction next year.

The system is built to prevent too much pressure from building on one dam. If water levels get too high upstream, water can be released downstream.

In Parker County, the Brazos River Authority says people who live in the Horseshoe Bend area may need to evacuate. The Brazos River Authority has opened two flood gates and says it may need to open a third.

The river normally runs at three feet through Horseshoe Bend. It is currently running at 17 feet.