Due to weeks of excessive rainfall, Texas officials have had to open a third gate at Possum Kingdom Lake’s Morris Sheppard Dam. The move has forced nearby areas into voluntary evacuation and closed roads.
Monday’s Brazos River Authority statement stated that the gate had been open for a release of approximately 28400 cubic feet of water per minute.
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According to the release, the Texas Department of Transportation shut down the Highway 16 Bridge beneath the dam.
The organization warned that river levels could rise quickly. “Recreation is discouraged on the Brazos River during gate releases. In an emergency, dial 9-1-1.
One of the three gates was later closed on Tuesday morningThe remaining two gates still released 17,200 cubic feet per second, however.
The Brazos River Authority tweeted, “Be advised river levels still remain high.”
FOX4 reports that the Brazos crested Tuesday morning and that a voluntary evacuation downstream was carried out for Parker County’s Horseshoe Bend as well residents living in low-lying areas close to the river was still in effect.
The area was advised to be aware of water conditions. WBAP reported that a Red Cross shelter was opened at Spring Creek Baptist Church in Weatherford. Flooding is already a problem for homes.
Hood County News reported that flooding had occurred along Lake Granbury in some parts of northern Hood County.
Due to the high water levels, the first gate of the dam was open Monday, May 31. It released approximately 8,800 cubic feet per second.
In the last couple months, severe weather conditions and flooding have ravaged Texas and the Gulf Coast States.
Although precipitation has ceased in Texas this week due to heavy rains, more heavy rainfall is expected from the Deep South and Mid-Atlantic.
According to the National Weather Service in Kentucky, the next two-days will see rainfall totals of 1-3 inches with locally higher amounts likely.
Source: Fox News