Grapevine Mayor William D. Tate, and Flower Mound Mayor Tom Hayden signed disaster declarations after Tropical Depression Bill's landfall dropped several inches of rain on North Texas and increased the level of Grapevine Lake. [[308378761,L]]
Farm-to-Market Road 2499 between Grapevine and Flower Mound remains closed to traffic in both directions from Lakeside Parkway to Grapevine Mills Boulevard due to high water in Denton Creek. Flower Mound Police officers were stationed at road blocks to control access to apartments located inside the closed area.
Water from Grapevine Lake has been spilling uncontrolled into Denton Creek, and being carried to the Elm Fork of the Trinity River System. [[308398671,C]]
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The lake is forecast to crest late Friday just before midnight and that will force double the amount of water over the spillway, according to Clay Church with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Thursday afternoon, 4,224 cubic-feet-per-second of water was flowing over the lake’s spillway, and when the Grapevine crests at about 536.3 feet around 9,600 cubic feet per second will be spilling into Denton Creek.
The water is flowing through the Trinity Watershed into Lake Grapevine from heavy rainfall farther north in areas like Montague county.
Water levels could surpass Lake Grapevine's record high of 563.5 set on Nov. 1, 1981.
Downstream along Denton Creek, Mayor Tate says the concern is access to two large apartment complexes along FM 2499, although he said the city has developed alternate routes to reach the complexes including Camden Riverwalk Apartments and the Marquis at Silver Oaks Apartments.
Residents at the Marquis at Silver Oaks Apartments prepared Thursday for high water just in case. Many came home from work to pack up.
“I have clothes, shoes, work-out clothes, toiletries, books, all my electronics and chargers,” said Pamela Aldridge. “Hopefully, I’m not forgetting anything.”
There are no evacuation orders and no plans for evacuations as of Thursday afternoon, according to both the city of Grapevine and town of Flower Mound.
If evacuations are necessary, those impacted will be notified by emergency personnel.
“I came rushing home, it was super stressful and I got to make the U-turn down on 2499 and see the water already on the road,” Aldridge said.
NBC 5's Chris Van Horne and Todd L. Davis contributed to this report.
Declaration of Disaster - Grapevine (Text)