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TRWD Working Non-Stop to Monitor Rising Lake Levels

Some homes could be flooded as lakes crest this week



    Tarrant Regional Water District Watching Lakes

    The Tarrant Regional Water District is closely watching levels at Lake Bridgeport, Eagle Mountain Lake and Lake Worth. (Published Monday, June 1, 2015)

    In Tarrant County, there's a continued flood threat for a few dozen homes this week.

    The Tarrant Regional Water District is closely watching levels at Lake Bridgeport, Eagle Mountain Lake and Lake Worth.

    The Trinity River system can only handle so much more water, but TRWD is having to release water from its reservoirs to try and minimize damage to lower lying homes.

    "You know their life savings and their property and everything they've worked for could be destroyed," said Christian Williams, a Fort Worth resident.

    For weeks now Williams has watched Lake Worth rise onto his property, into his backyard and now up to his neighbors' homes.

    "Obviously unnerving, terrifying," he said.

    The TRWD has been working in three 8-hour shifts 24 hours a day since May 11 in it's "war room," keeping a close eye on the rainfall, the runoff and how lakes and rivers rise, and working to calm people's nerves.

    "I think we're getting tired, but I think everyone here realizes how important it is.Everyone is still focused," said Rachel Ickert, TRWD Water Resource Engineering Director.

    The focus is on public safety by monitoring lake and river levels, taking calls from the public and calculating where all that rainfall will end up and when.

    The rain is gone, but director of engineering David Marshall says after nine inches fell at Lake Bridgeport Friday and Saturday things have changed on area lakes.

    "It was the straw that broke the camel's back. That's when we knew we'd get in some houses in Bridgeport and we're going to be very close at Eagle Mountain and Lake Worth," Williams said.

    The Trinity River, especially downstream in Dallas, can only take so much more water, so the district must keep things balanced on how much it releases and what kind of damage could be caused along the lakes.

    "It's a juggling act that we do between water coming in and water going out," Marshall said.

    If too much water is released from Lake Bridgeport at once, roadways, including State Highways 380 and 114, will be closed and impacted.

    Williams hopes more water will be let out of Lake Worth. While his home is safe, the two homes to his east on Watercress Drive are already seeing lake water and their back doors. The city of Fort Worth says those two homes will likely see flooding as they're below the estimated level at which the lake will crest later this week. A third home may also be impacted and several others are close but shouldn't see any floodwater.

    "I'm hoping for the hottest, driest summer ever. Let's get these waters back down," Williams said.

    The good news is that all lakes should hit their peak level by the end of the work week, as Lake Bridgeport was expected to do so on Monday.

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