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High Water Threatens Homes Around Lake Lewisville

People prepare for flooding as lake levels rise

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    Lakes across North Texas continue to rise and there is no relief in the near sight. Day after day, rain is in the forecast. (Published Friday, May 22, 2015)

    Lakes across North Texas continue to rise and there is no relief in the near sight. Day after day, rain is in the forecast.

    "There's always good and bad with something that goes on," said Dan Ford, who lives near Lake Lewisville. "And with the rain comes the opportunity to fill up the lakes."

    Now many lakes are well beyond full. Picnic areas are completely under water at Grapevine Lake, additional bridges had to be made at Joe Pool Marina to get to boats and at Lake Lewisville the water is creeping up to Donnie Autry's home, who's lived there for six years.

    "The highest I've ever seen it get was 25 yards farther out, and that kind of freaked us out because that was the first time we've seen the water come up," said Autry. "So to have it this close to the house it's a little disconcerting."

    Lake Lewisville rose 10 feet within the past month, reaching well above its normal level.

    Autry just hopes it doesn't reach his home.

    "But [if] we add five or six days more of heavy rain to it who knows where it's going to go," said Autry. "So we're just keeping our fingers crossed and praying."

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is releasing about 6,400 cubic feet of water per second from Lake Lewisville, which is enough to fill an Olympic-size pool every 16 seconds. But even with the large amount of water being released, the lake continues to rise.

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