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Despite Warning to Stay Off Water, Boaters Anxious to Enjoy Holiday Weekend



    Despite a warning from officials to stay off area lakes, boaters are ready for a busy holiday weekend on the water. (Published Friday, May 22, 2015)

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is urging people to stay off North Texas lakes.

    Despite the warning, boaters are anxious to enjoy a full Lake Ray Hubbard.

    The lake now sits at 435.6 feet.

    “It’s good for business, good for everyone,” said boater Scott Craig.

    Until a few weeks ago, water was so low, boaters could not dock at Rockwall’s Harbor point, threatening lakeside businesses.

    “There were too many areas were you could just run aground and hit stumps,” said Craig. “It was dangerous.”

    Unlike other area lakes which are experiencing problems with flooding, Lake Ray Hubbard’s parks, marinas and boat docks are open.

    Fishermen said the fish are biting.

    “It’s a lot better now that the water is up,” said Josh Nuziard. “I get to brag about my fish more. There’s more people out here to see me catch the big ones.”

    Even with severe storms and rain in the holiday weekend forecast, boaters were flocking to the lake on Friday.

    “It’s summer. It’s fun. It’s the lake scene,” said Craig. “We’ll see if the clouds and storms hold off. We’re hoping for the best.”

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said they are advising people to think about safety.

    Recent floods have washed debris into the lakes and people should not be on the water with severe storms and torrential rains in the forecast.

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