Missing Beams Along Dallas' White Rock Lake Spillway Caused ‘dramatic' Drop in Lake Levels

For two days White Rock Lake-goers have complained about a dramatic drop in water levels. And for two days, Dallas Water Utilities officials believed the lake was down simply because of the lack of rain in recent weeks.But Thursday evening, DWU's assistant director Randy Payton discovered the lake indeed had an issue along the spillway that has caused water levels to drop between four to six inches — a "significant" amount, Payton said.Payton said the spillway is missing "at least one, maybe two" of the stoplogs — timber beams, essentially — that are used to regulate lake levels. As a result, water was flowing over the spillway and into White Rock Creek, he said.Crews were making temporary repairs Thursday evening. But DWU was already planning on major repairs at the spillway and dam, which is seeping in spots along the base. In fact, according to a timeline DWU director Terry Lowery recently provided to The Dallas Morning News, that project is supposed to be awarded some time this winter, with construction scheduled to begin shortly after.Replacing those stoplogs was a significant part of that project.  Continue reading...

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