Documenting history at the spillway

By: Emi FitzGerald Email
By: Emi FitzGerald Email

DENISON, Tex. -- Since the boat ramps are closed all over Lake Texoma, people are finding another form of amusement this week, watching the water inch closer to the spillway.

Cars wait to enter the overlook, as people taking pictures are as common as the rising waters.

Anita Johnson brought her 2-month-old daughter, Amanda, to the spillway in 1990 and took her picture with the flowing water. Now Amanda has a 3-month-old of her own, Bayleigh, and plans for all three generations to see the lake when it flows over the spillway.

Many of the people who are coming out this week were also here for the flooding in 1990 and remember the heavy traffic back then and are preparing for the worst.

Anita Johnson witnessed the 1990 flooding. She describes the experience as “total chaos.”

“I think we waited about four hours for it to go over to dam to watch it spill over," Johnson said.

Authorities closed FM 1310 on Sunday. On Tuesday, the water started to run over the road near the submerged boat ramp.

TXDOT has set up barricades along the side of Highway 91 before the Denison Dam. Lake managers say they won't recommend closing 91 unless Shawnee Creek floods the road.

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  • by Steve Location: Preston Peninsula on Jul 15, 2007 at 04:44 AM
    While the lake is overfilled, we can all pray that those folks upstream and on or along the watershed only flush "it" once. As for "holding its water", what do you expect from a senior lake attraction?
  • by RJMac Location: Sherman on Jul 9, 2007 at 04:16 AM
    I'm not so much goggle-eyed at the water going over the spillway as I feel sorry for the folks losing business on the lake this year. I'm glad the spillway is doing what it's supposed to do, and that the levels are less that they were 17 years ago (I lived east of here when that happened, and the Red River flooded its banks and cut off US271 north of Arthur City for a week). I'd rather see the pics and the reports on the news than go out & look at the spillway. Thanks KXII for the coverage. And to those whose businesses are under water (how ironic is that- water-based business under water). I hope you recover & can get moving again soon.
  • by Steve Location: Preston, TX on Jul 8, 2007 at 12:46 PM
    You can tell that Lake Texoma is getting old. Why? Because it can no longer hold its water! LOL This posted by a 70 year old on Preston Peninsula.
  • by Chris Bennett Location: Rosston, Texas on Jul 4, 2007 at 09:57 PM
    I am sure they have been busy with other important issues. Besides with the rain we have recieved it did not take long for that grass to get to the height it was at. i was thier in 1990 and no one mentioned it then. Thanx
  • by Anonymous on Jul 4, 2007 at 06:53 PM
    show the pictures and have the news people to move out of the way. let them interview and give the news but move out of the picutre for viewers to see.
  • by EE Location: North East Texas on Jul 4, 2007 at 05:50 PM
    I am glad you all are having fun and enjoying the story and history of the spillway. You should come downstream to North East Texas along the Red River and see how much you enjoy what we are going through. We are going to lose homes, cattle, and crops. It is not a bit funny for us.
  • by Junior Location: Calera on Jul 4, 2007 at 03:45 PM
    What is the rules on boating while the ramps are closed? Will we get citations if caught on lake anywhere ?
  • by Jolena Location: Calera on Jul 4, 2007 at 12:40 PM
    I want to thank ya'll for the wonderful job ya'll have been doing letting us know about what is going on with the weather and keeping us informed about the spilway
  • by francis mendoza Location: denison on Jul 4, 2007 at 10:24 AM
    I've lived here for about 10,11 years, and have never seen this. I've heard the story about this, but know I've seen it. And it's ok about the grass! Deison will make history once again.
  • by richard Location: butcher pen on Jul 4, 2007 at 10:16 AM
    thanks for keeping downstream from flooding. how about us on the west side of the dam?
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