Marinas continue to suffer

By: Ruth Baker Email
By: Ruth Baker Email

LAKE TEXOMA -- At Grand Pappy's Marina, buildings are underwater, the restaurant closed and most buildings are without electricity, making it an inconvenience for dedicated customers.

"We came last night for dinner and it wasn’t open I was afraid it would be I knew the dance floor down there would be flooded and it certainly is," said long-time visitor Shirley Shell.

The Army Corps of Engineers says it will take about a month for Lake Texoma to get back to normal. After all, it is 20 feet above normal and when it does crest Monday at 640.26, businesses on the lake can start repairs from all this flooding Mother Nature has left behind. But to add to the headache, the marina's losing thousands of dollars because the summer months are usually their busiest.

"We didn't come up on the fourth of July I knew the cat walks were all covered with water we couldn’t get to the boats," says Alex Shell, a long-time visitor.

Grand Pappy's marina manager says the damage to their restaurant is minimal compared to others on the lake. It's unclear how long it will take to get it up and running again, and customers like Shirley Shell remember the last time the restaurant flooded back in 1990.

"We've been coming to the restaurant since the day it opened practically...we watched them build it," says Shell.

Saturday marked the third time in history Lake Texoma has gone over the spillway. The first time was in 1957; the second in 1990.


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  • by local citizen Location: Pottsboro on Jul 10, 2007 at 08:37 AM
    People who love the lake, are attracted to the ammentities at the lake. The owners do know that they will someday flood. That it why they have insurance and pay high premiums, however, the ones to feel sorry for are the workers that have been affected by the flood waters. The waiters, office personnel, mechanics, etc., are out of work. They have no money coming in because they can't go to work. Hopefully they have put money back and can find other jobs. Good Luck to all of the people that have been affected by the water. Be thankful that God blessed us for the water, last year we did without. Careful what you pray for!!!!!!!!!
  • by Anonymous Location: Pottsboro on Jul 10, 2007 at 08:23 AM
    I have a feeling that you have no empathy for anyone. No one expects anyone to feel "sorry" for them... We pick up and go on. That is what Life is all about.
  • by Tommy Location: Denison on Jul 7, 2007 at 07:26 PM
    Much like the people who built homes below the New Orleans levees, it is hard to be sympathetic toward resort owners who build their facilities below spillway level. It's not a matter of IF they will flood, it's WHEN. Their risk looks great when they're hauling in bucks by the thousands, but we're supposed to feel sorry for them and send FEMA to help them when they get flooded out. A strange society we live in.
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