Rising water brings concerns to Eagle Mountain Lake residents

There are still flooding concerns at Eagle Mountain Lake in Tarrant County.

It's closed to all recreational activities, and it may be a couple of days before it reaches its highest level.

Nearby homeowner Robert Bates moved his 1949 truck to higher ground on Monday.

"It will get in my shop and it will probably get five or six inches in my garage," he said.

He also tied up his boats. The dock he walked on Monday morning is already underwater.

"A month ago there was no water here," he said.

The lake is expected to crest by Wednesday or Thursday, and that means another foot or more on his property.

Other homes along Power Squadron Drive on the west side of the lake can expect the same.

Water is up over the Eagle Mountain Lake spillway for the first time in roughly five years, which is mainly because the lake is fed from water that comes from Lake Bridgeport, which is also releasing water.

From Eagle Mountain Lake, the runoff water will flow into Lake Worth.

Engineers with the Tarrant Regional Water District have no choice but to release water from Bridgeport and Eagle Mountain.

"We know it's coming and that's all you can say, is just wait and see," said Bates.

Water officials say the watershed is simply full of water and will keep draining into the lakes.


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