Marshall County prepares for potential flooding

Published: Oct. 16, 2018 at 5:59 PM CDT
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While the Army Corps of Engineers continues to release water into the Red River through the flood gates at Denison Dam, six times more runoff from its watershed is flowing into the lake.

Marshall County Emergency Management Director Robert Chaney said it's not just those around the lake they consider when calculating how much water to let out.

"They don't want to flood everyone down stream, but they don't to flood everyone up stream. So they have a balancing act of allowing water to flow out of the dam in comparison to what's coming in to the upper river end of the lake," said Chaney.

Sharon Boswell has lived in Kingston for 30 years and has seen the lake go over its spillway twice so far this century, in 2007 and again in 2015.

"If you know its going to happen, you make sure you have all the necessities at home, you know your grocery necessities and things like that. Then you just kind of wait it out," said Boswell.

Last weekend, Marshall County saw two and a half inches of rain and eight inches so far this month.

Chaney says flooded roads in southern Marshall County near the lake won't be blocked off until the lake reaches 630 feet. It topped 628 feet on Tuesday.

Chaney says if you do drive up on a flooded road, turn around. Driving into it could cost you your life.

"You don't want to drive through it. It only takes a few inches of water to make a person fall and be swept out down a stream or down something that is not normally a stream, but if water is flowing in that area it can knock them off their feet," said Chaney.