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Brazos River Crests in Parker County

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    The Brazos River crested in Parker County late Monday, leading residents to finally relax on Tuesday morning. (Published Tuesday, April 19, 2016)

    The Brazos River crested near Horseshoe Bend late Monday evening just below major flood stage, according to data published by NOAA and the U.S. Geological Survey.

    The river crested near Dennis around 10 p.m. at 26.92 feet. The river entered flood stage on Sunday morning at 21 feet, due to rainfall and water released from the dam at Possum Kingdom Lake.

    The Brazos River Authority opened a second gate at the dam to release water in anticipation of more rainfall.

    “I stayed up all night, coming out every hour or so and checked it,” said David Routte.

    It was a sleepless night for many watching the water creep up, inch-by-inch, to homes like the one belonging to Routte. Routte has lived in Horseshoe Bend for 35 years. He said this flood is bad but not the worst he’s seen.

    “I call it just about normal,” he said. “Sometimes it’s a little lower.”

    Routte said it’s something residents, most of them, are used to dealing with every so often.

    “It’s been up a few times to the top of my driveway there,” he said.

    Several dozen homes were impacted, either directly inundated with water or access to them cut off by the rising waters. Many more homes were threated. Between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. though the threat dropped as the water began to drop as well.

    “I was nervous about it, but like I said we’ve been through this quite a few times,” Routte said.

    That means residents not only know how and where the water will rise, but when it will finally recede.

    “If we don’t get a bunch of rain it’ll go on out of here probably in a day or so,” Routte said.

    The water may be receding but the flood threat isn’t over yet, more rain and the possibility of another gate opening at Possum Kingdom Lake could send the water rising yet again.

    The Brazos River crested near Horseshoe Bend late Monday evening just below major flood stage, according to data published by NOAA and the U.S. Geological Survey.

    The river crested at 26.92 feet near Dennis at about 10 p.m.

    The river entered flood stage on Sunday morning at 21 feet, due to rainfall and water released from Possum Kingdom Lake’s dam.The Brazos River Authority opened a second gate at the dam to release water in anticipation of more rainfall.

    "I stayed up all night, coming out every hour or so and checked it," said David Routte.

    It was a sleepless night for many watching the water creep up, inch-by-inch, to homes like the one belonging to Routte.  Routte has lived in Horseshoe Bend for 35 years. He said this flood is bad but not the worst he’s seen.

    "I call it just about normal," he said. "Sometimes it’s a little lower."

    Routte said it’s something most residents are used to dealing with every so often.

    "It’s been up a few times to the top of my driveway there," he said.

    Several dozen homes were impacted, either directly inundated with water or access to them cut off by the rising waters. Many more homes were threated. Between 9 and 10 p.m., though, the threat dropped as the water began to drop as well.

    "I was nervous about it, but like I said we’ve been through this quite a few times," Routte said.

    That means residents not only know how and where the water will rise, but when it will finally recede.

    "If we don’t get a bunch of rain it’ll go on out of here probably in a day or so," Routte said.

    The water may be receding but the flood threat isn’t over yet, more rain and the possibility of another gate opening at Possum Kingdom could send the water rising yet again.

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