Lake expected to crest Monday

By: KXII Staff Email
By: KXII Staff Email

DENISON—Lake Texoma's waters finally made their way down the spillway at Denison Dam on Saturday morning, marking just the third time the lake has flowed over the concrete embankment. The Army Corps of Engineers expect the lake to crest Monday at just over 640' and say they do not expect the lake’s level to rise substantially from its current level.

LAKE LEVELS MONDAY (from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website):

8 A.M. 640.11'
9 A.M. 640.10'
10 A.M. 640.11'
11 A.M. 640.10'
12 P.M. 640.11'
1 P.M. 640.10'
2 P.M. 640.09'
3 P.M. 640.10'



Water is flowing steadily over the uncontrolled concrete spillway Monday, but not nearly as much as it did the last time it overflowed in 1990. It is expected that about 1-foot of water will flow over the spillway as the lake level rises.

The lake is expected to crest on Monday, July 9th.

People living and working down river of a lake need to be aware of the condition of the lake and the possible impacts releases from those lakes will have on them. The Corps of Engineers will ALWAYS notify community emergency managers as flood control activities take place.

Note: Some news agencies broadcasted bad information about Lake Texoma over the last few days Those unsubstianted reports reported to the public that the dam was going to breach. The reports were false, and none were reported by KXII-TV or KXII.com.


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  • by leith Location: denson on Jul 12, 2007 at 04:06 PM
    What level do you think the lake will crest at with the rains we are supposed to get n the next 36 hours. know it is kinda earlier to be asking tht question now but do you thnk it will effect the lake level that much. Also I was wondering what do have to do to become a storm chaser that has been my dream job.
  • by Sherrie Location: Artesia, NM on Jul 9, 2007 at 09:42 PM
    I agree. It is not possible for me to go to Texoma but I spent many a time there when my in-laws lived there. My favorite point was Willis Bridge. I now know that the picture I have was taken in 1990. The water was just scraping underneath the bridge. If I can get someone to scan it in and put it on the internet, I will.
  • by Clyde Location: Dumas,TX on Jul 9, 2007 at 07:28 PM
    Thank you for the video and stories about Texoma Dam. We come there about twice a year to fish and have an interest there. Would like to see some shots of the canpgrounds like Lakeside and Preston Bend. Would like to know where the water line in both campgrounds is at the 640.0' elevation. Thanks again, Clyde
  • by Unknown Location: Okmulgee, Oklahoma on Jul 9, 2007 at 08:37 AM
    I was 4 years old when the lake went over the spillway in 1990. I have been keeping an eye on the website and watching for it to go over. That's fine that they opened the flood gates so that there wouldn't be anymore flooding than what was already happening. I just wish that some people would send their pictures in and the website would post them for some to have saved on their computers instead of having the camera.....but I guess its a good thing anyways.
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