Officials monitor high lake levels, prepare for potential flooding

Flooding is a major concern in North Texas as the Memorial Day weekend approaches.

Area lakes remain at historically high levels with more rain on the way. They are being carefully watched and officials are discouraging people from including them in their holiday plans.

Many of the boat ramps and recreation spots are under water and officials said the swollen lakes easily hide dangerous stumps and debris. There's also a chance that someone could be swept downstream if water tops a dam.

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Lake Ray Roberts was four feet shy of spilling over on Thursday, with creeks backing up in nearby areas. The flood gates at the lake were expected to be completely opened by late Thursday night.

Floods in neighborhoods south of the lake are possible and people are being warned that the roads could be flooded out.

Emergency services in Denton County said they are patrolling some areas that could see flooding on the roads about every three to six hours. Officials are watching for places where lake backups could impact roads.

Some of the land that backs up to a creek is flooded in Denton County, but no homes have taken on water and officials don't expect that to happen.

Friday afternoon, rescue teams fired up their engines to test everything.

The Texas Army National Guard also has units ready to help with water rescues. Their trucks can drive into about 3-and-a-half to 4 feet of water and help deploy bots if needed.

The trucks are in Denton County, in Cleburne and in Granbury.

The Army National Guard also has helicopters on standby in Grand Prairie to be airborne at a moment's notice for potential high water rescues.  

Lake Lewisville is about 1'8" shy of going over the spillway, according to Army Corps of Engineers.

With the potential for flooding, Dallas County emergency officials have come up with an emergency action plan.

Just to be on the safe side, they've mapped out how they will respond, including evacuation routes.

Still, Dallas city leaders say they're not too concerned about flooding being a threat over the weekend.



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