Heat Speeds Flood Progress at North Texas Lakes

A week of near 100 degree temperatures has created some major progress at flooded North Texas lakes.

On Thursday, officials confirmed that Fairway Road in Grapevine will finally reopen on Friday at noon.

The speed limit on the road will be 20 miles per hour for the time being as crews continue to monitor the area in case future rain would lead to another shut down.

Molly Fox, public information officer for the town of Flower Mound said it was great news for commuters in the area who have been forced to detour around the road since flood waters at Lake Grapevine spilled over in May.

As of Thursday afternoon, Grapevine was still 23.21 feet above conservation pools according to the Texas Water Development Board’s lake monitor, but that’s down almost 2 feet in a week after showing little progress for the past month.

The same rings true at Lake Lewisville where levels are now about 8.79 feet above; down from 11.70 feet a month ago and dropping at an accelerated rate in the past week.

With that progress, officials reopened the boat ramp at Little Elm Park this week, the first major ramp on the lake to reopen since the floods began.

The beach at the park has also started to dry up, though it still has a long way to go, and at last check, town leaders don’t expect it to reopen completely until the end of summer.

The drying has also been a welcomed sight for neighbors along Lake Lewisville.

Richard Marcus of Little Elm said at the height of the floods, the waters were just feet away from his home. Now his backyard is nearly dry and he’s begun repairs to his damaged lawn and pool.

"We just made it, just made it,” said Marcus.

The Army Corps of Engineers still reports water being released from Lake Lewisville as they work to normalize levels there.

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