Lake level rising

By: Emi FitzGerald Email
By: Emi FitzGerald Email

DENISON, Tex. -- Lake Texoma is rising and pouring over the emergency spillway. Fish were literally flying over the spillway into Shawnee Creek Tuesday morning heavy rain added more water to an already full Lake Texoma.

Within a three-hour period on Tuesday, the lake rose more than three inches and the Army Corps of Engineers expects the lake to crest at a new elevation level.

While the heavy rainfall was impressive, the Corps says it didn't set the lake back at all.

"As far as the stream flooding is concerned, right now we don't anticipate anything more than what we've been seeing all week. We did get some rain on the Red River, below the Denison Dam, and on the Washita coming into the lake,” said Ron Jordan of the Army Corps of Engineers.

The floodgates are open, and the Corps continues to generate power.

They say they want to keep the level around 30,000 cubic feet per second to control the Red River and keep it from spilling out of its banks downstream.

Some aerial pics from the lake:

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  • by Caleb Location: Shinault on Jul 11, 2007 at 07:49 PM
    I love to see a historical moment happen in my lifetime. This is truly a site to see and I will tell my kids about this cheritable moment.
  • by dennis Location: goff on Jul 11, 2007 at 02:31 PM
    well if they would have left the river like it was we'd never been in this much of a bind it was way smaller and had life in it that would be the way God left it and never would have been to much for it's sizes , we know it comes out by shreveport I've followed it down there , I know it has blocks upon it's ways but then what river would not have them, well good luck fishing , for thought it's got to be the amswers are all in there somewhere , why fisherman are sometimes developers , thank you for covering this story and we needed the fresh water all over the area it smells like fish here so maybe all the olde waters are fresh now , keep the peace , a program for restoring God'earth, Mother earth....grandpaDee
  • by self-proclaimed expert Location: Denison on Jul 11, 2007 at 12:58 PM
    1990---644.76'......I don't know about 1957...not much of an expert, huh?
  • by TOM Location: Marietta on Jul 11, 2007 at 11:16 AM
    What was the highest elevation the lake reached in 1957 and in 1990?
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