Downstream on the Red River

By: Teddy Safo Email
By: Teddy Safo Email

Even though water is going over the spillway, the Army Corps of Engineers is still releasing several thousand gallons of water into the Red River and that has effects on the river downstream.

With Lake Texoma reaching the spillway, water is being released into the red river at around 28,500 cubic feet per second. With that much water rushing out of the floodgates, there are concerns that the Red River will over flow it's banks.

"As long as we don’t get any major six inches in four hours any where in our drainage area we should be in good shape," says Dwaine McBee of the Army Corps of Engineers.

The corps also says most of the debris shouldn’t make it downstream.

"It will get caught in the creek before it goes into the red and its just be stuff coming out some other creeks like blue river...might bring logs down," says McBee.

But amidst the attention surrounding the Denison Dam, those down stream have been putting the bait on the hook. Fishermen have been enjoying the fruitful waters...we caught up with one who brought in a large haul.
“Catch those big ones coming in they come in here to feed when the water raises like that...so were snatching ‘em out," says Quenton Hendricks.

Red River levels have dropped several feet this past week, and though the chances of it rising again are slim, the corps promises to let everyone know if they need to release more water.

"Before we change the river elevation we sound sirens to warn people if it goes up or down," says McBee.

Until then this fisherman will keep getting all he can out of the river.

"I’ll be out here all night I’m going to take a little break but ill be backing here eventually," says Hendricks.


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