Spillway watch continues

By: Emi FitzGerald Email
By: Emi FitzGerald Email

DENISON -- Lake Texoma is at 639.85 feet as of 7 p.m. Friday. That’s just a few inches short of going over 640' into the emergency spillway at the Denison Dam.

The water is lapping up against the spillway, close to flowing over, but what's happening here is just one part of the dam workings.

The Army Corps of Engineers opened the flood gates on Wednesday, which is one reason why the spillway hasn't flowed over.

Before Wednesday, the floodgates were closed because the Red River downstream couldn't handle any more water.

But even with the flood gates open, the water is still creeping onto that spillway within inches of flowing over.

Whenever the water does go over, it most likely won't be as dramatic as 1990 since the crest is set for 641.5 feet. In 1990, it was 645 feet.

"The pool elevation is about a quarter of a foot going over the spillway. We’ve increased the floodgates to about 28,500 cubit feet per second. We will monitor downstream conditions and adjust that down as the conditions warrant," said lake manager Ron Jordan.

We recommend kicking back and watching what’s going on at the spillway live right here on KXII.com. On our homepage, just click the live stream banner for a real-time look at what’s going on at the spillway.

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  • by kellie Location: dallas on May 28, 2009 at 09:32 AM
    man this is crazy how lake texoma is all ups and downs. i remember summer of 2007 the water was outragously high and over flowing. with no beaches:( and then summer of 2008 it was hard for any boats to get through because the water was too low. i could walk from the nw island over to the oklahoma side/land. and now this summer the water is really high again to the point about reaching the record of 1990. the year i was born:) i dont understand how the water hasnt gone down at all bc it hasnt rained lately. but i cant wait to go up there this summer and i hope my beaches are showing:) love ya lake ive grown up with you for 19 years, be good!
  • by Charles Location: Tucson, Ariz. on Jul 15, 2007 at 07:28 PM
    I remember the flood of 1957. I was 10 years old. The spillway was overflowing what looked like 3 to 4 feet at the time. Access to the dam area was stopped back up in Denison, before the long curve leading in front of the spillway. All of the land south of the dam was flooded. To include what is now the parking areas and store between the dam and Denison. Not just water running! But water rolling-deep and swift. The railroad bridge and old HWY 75 were under water. I don't know what the 1990 flood looked like, but I know the damage to Denison and the downstream areas all the way to Texarkana were severe. Soneone there should research the news records of that period and show what a REAL flood on the Red River is like. Go Senoir Class of 1966!
  • by caitlyn Location: whitesboro on Jul 15, 2007 at 06:32 AM
    that is so cool!\
  • by dad with curious daughter Location: sadler on Jul 11, 2007 at 04:45 PM
    ha,, we just watched the raw footage of "the fish out of water" my daughter is 12 and was very worried about that fish and its well being from flopping on the concrete before it splashed into spillway pool. yall didnt by chance do an interview with the fish and get it medical attention before everyone said goodbye to it?Ha. We'll post that interview for you tomorrow.
  • by stephen Location: Mead Oklahoma on Jul 8, 2007 at 07:15 PM
    For the most part you guys do a very good job of reporting the news and weather. But the couverage of the lake stinks. You are still listing information from Friday. The lake has gone over the spill way. But you are two days behind. I thougth that the news had no days off. Dispointed to say the least.
  • by JAMES E KENNEDY Location: Cartwright on Jul 8, 2007 at 04:52 AM
    It would be nice if your coverage was kept up to the minute on the spillway so it could be seen by the internet. This may help with the traffic problem some.
  • by midniteryder Location: Sherman on Jul 7, 2007 at 12:12 PM
    I must be the only person in Grayson County who isn't all agog over this event. All I can think of is all the businesses on the lake that can't operate becasue of the high water, the possibility of flooding downstream a la May 1990, and people who are losing money because businesses afren't open. It's amusing to call this a 100-year event since it's happened 3 times in 50 years, since this shows Man's folly when it comes to dealing with nature. But if you HAVE to go out there, stay safe & away from the spillway.
  • by Carolyn Location: Michigan on Jul 7, 2007 at 07:44 AM
    What is the hold up on updating this web site it still shows 7:19 Friday ?????????? It's updated now. -staff
  • by Shelley Location: Denison on Jul 7, 2007 at 06:56 AM
    I remember when it flowed over in 1990. my Dad took the whole family up from Dallas,Tx. to see it. It was spectacular. I remember that the flood gates where open too. and that was so neat to see,the force of all that water comming out made the ground tremble. this will be my second time seeing this happen. the first time the lake flowed over I wasn't born yet. so I think it is very special to see it for a 2nd time in my life. My cousin is here for the fourth ,visiting from California, so this has been a neat thing for him to see while he is here in Texas. I love the live cameras you all have set up. I work long hours and only got to go out there once this week. so while I'm at home I can see it online, what a great idea.This is history in the making. Thanks KXII.
  • by Jae Location: Texoma area on Jul 7, 2007 at 06:15 AM
    I am amused at the people who are worried about some fool hurting themselves at the spillway. I believe this would be called survival of the fittest! Obviously, those who are so worried haven't been out on the lake on any typical weekend to see the stupidity among us. It runs rampid! So save your worries and use that energy to do or worry about something else. And to "Cloud", ease up on the media. They are simply doing their job. I can guarantee that the likelihood of someone getting hurt would be on a normal weekend at the lake with the drunken boaters and lake goers. I say Kudos to the streaming video!!! Another Kudos for the live reporting from the spillway! Great job KXII!
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