The Brazos River Authority opened the dam at Lake Granbury Wednesday morning after heavy rains Tuesday.
The authority has been monitoring the levels at Lake Granbury, since it controls the release of water. Its goal is to help people upstream in communities like flood-damaged Horseshoe Bend, while still not affecting people downstream who could suffer with the release of too much flood waters.
Granbury has called in Texas Task Force 2, which includes water rescue teams from Dallas. During the height of the flooding Tuesday, Fort Worth and Austin fire rescue teams were present.
More than 70 ground level units at The Woods apartment complex were flooded with several inches of water. Residents of the flooded apartments say they lost almost everything, and most don't have insurance. All of the residents are being evacuated, with some are going to hotels.
Apartment resident Ana Gutierrez just bought a house, which gives her a place to go after her apartment sustained flood damage.
"I had a trash bag near the front door, so trash was floating all over the house,” Gutierrez said. “The carpet was bubbled up just because of all the water. It smelled terrible too because the water was so dirty.”
Hood County Emergency Management said it had calls for 16 high water rescues on Tuesday. It expects more if it gets more rain.