Army Corps Practices Flood Response at Lewisville Lake - NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Army Corps Practices Flood Response at Lewisville Lake



    The Army Corp of Engineers held a flooding disaster drill at Lake Lewisville. (Published Monday, July 28, 2014)

    It might be tough to imagine a flooding event at Lewisville Lake, but it is a scenario emergency responders took seriously Monday morning in case it became a reality some day.

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers used the lake to run a mock flood emergency drill.

    In the pretend scenario, a tropical storm was lingering over the region and causing the lake to pass flood stages and the dam spillways near City Park to overflow and fail.

    As the scenario continued, crews from the corps monitored the water levels near the dam all morning, and when the scenario shifted to the actual flood stage they began sandbagging certain areas as they would in an actual disaster.

    The teams also coordinated with local authorities and emergency workers to smooth out communication protocols in the worst-case scenario.

    "I know right now we're all praying for rain, but if we get so much we have problems or issues, we need to make sure that we're all synchronized," said Maj. Joe Sahl, with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Emergency Management Team.

    Leaders for the drill said it's a regular part of preparedness in the Corps of Engineers to run scenarios like this one and be ready to act in case of disaster.

    Sahl said the last time this particular training really had to go into use was in 2007 when 22 of the Corps' 25 lakes hit flood stages.