Spillway less than four feet from overflow

By: Nicole Holt Email
By: Nicole Holt Email

DENISON -- Authorities are forecasting the crest at Lake Texoma to come earlier than expected. The lake elevation is 636.69 feet above sea level. That's less than four feet from reaching the emergency spillway.

The elevation continues to rise at Lake Texoma. The Army Corps of Engineers predicts the lake will crest at 640 feet on Friday, July 6th, according to the latest reports.

It's definitely a site to see. Once the water goes over the spillway, it could be bad news for Texoma.

"We anticipate it will reach 640 on Friday. That's our predictions…start releasing water through the gates," says Ron Jordan with the Army Corps of Engineers.

Right now the overlook at the spillway is open, but the Army Corps of Engineers strongly suggests that you stay off the water. Debris in the water makes this a safety hazard, and if you were unable to make it out today to see the view, just check this link.

Local authorities closed FM 1310 Tuesday morning as the level continues to rise over the spillway's capacity.

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  • by Joel Location: Pantego, TX on Jul 5, 2007 at 05:40 AM
    I lived near Lake Texoma and Denison Dam as a child. I believe the dam was built in the '30s and has never overflowed before. Upon completion it was the largest earthen dam in the world. Perhaps you would like to verify and include this in your news coverage.
  • by Tom and Marsha Location: Houston on Jul 4, 2007 at 09:26 PM
    Thank you for your live feed, so we can watch this historical event from Houston. We have both seen Lake Texoma go over the Spillway twice in our lifetime. It is a spectacular sight to see, but unfortunately, it can cause much devastation in the area. Our prayers are with those who are in harms way.
  • by Bullfrog Location: Sherman on Jul 4, 2007 at 03:22 PM
    I know that they say it wouldn't make any difference. That they would have been flooded out anyway. Boy that dog don't hunt. That's like saying if the lakes we've already had not been built it wouldn't matter. I'm telling you if we hadn't hadthe lakes built this flood would have been as bad or worse than the last one. No, all we need is for-some-one to step forward and take responsibility. People are not replaceable. But they don't want to have to replace every thing they own every time we have a flood.
  • by Bullfrog Location: Sherman on Jul 4, 2007 at 01:43 PM
    Ya,I do think the residents should come first. Especilly if ther homes are getting flooded out. Some people have lost everthing. It doesn't matter if your renting or own your on home. When you loose all you own that wipes you out from way back (every thing). Folks that rent just living from pay check to paycheck. It is hard to start all over. Sherman needs to stand up and be counted. The people deserve that. This being sorry when every one gets flooded out just not going to cut it anymore. Lets do what's got to be done (NOW) not wait till we get flooded out again.
  • by Sharon Location: California on Jul 4, 2007 at 02:41 AM
    I watched the water go over the spillway in '57 and again in '90. It washed out the road leading to the dam, so if you are in Denison, you will only be able to access the spillway area from Oklahoma. It is a sight to see, but it will do a lot of damage not only to the area roads, but downstream as well. Thank you for all the pictures as I'm trying to stay caught up on what's going on in Denison.
  • by John Markl Location: Sherman on Jul 3, 2007 at 04:14 PM
    Cloudwalker, Sherman had to put the next planned flood control site on hold, as Federal funding had been pulled. The city was to be responsible for part of it, with the feds picking up the bulk of it. We played the hand we were dealt. Yes, the City could have paid for all of it, but with the rains we've had for the last month, it wouldn't have mattered. A larger issue for the City of Sherman might be the cleaning and dredging of the creekbeds to remove the debris that blocks water flow under bridges and box culverts.
  • by James Location: Sherman on Jul 3, 2007 at 03:38 PM
    Up to date Lake information can be found at DSNT2-Lake Texoma, Denison Dam URL of: http://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/DENI.lakepage.html You may have to copy and paste the entire URL into your browser address bar. These are available on our weather page at kxii.com/weather. Scroll down below lakes map.
  • by MB Location: Howe on Jul 3, 2007 at 02:50 PM
    True, Donna....but then you will also get those who think "wow, I have to go see that for myself".....like me!
  • by Bethany Location: Ector on Jul 3, 2007 at 02:47 PM
    To the one that says we are making this too big of a deal, why don't you tell that to those that have lost loved ones from this and have lost their homes from this and then say again that it's not a big deal.
  • by donna Location: sherman on Jul 3, 2007 at 02:20 PM
    If you would show footage of different areas and slowly, there would not be as many people out in the water trying to see for themselves and they may stay home and off the roads.
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