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These Dams Needed Replacing 15 Years Ago. Now Texas will Drain Four Lakes Instead.

Sep 10, 2019
Miguel Gutierrez Jr. / The Texas Tribune

Texas officials will start draining four lakes next week in Guadalupe County in Central Texas without a plan in place for when the lakes, and the 90-year-old dams that support them, will be rebuilt. Area homeowners, who got barely a month's notice, said they felt blindsided by the plan, and they say it will slash their property values, kill their beloved century-old cypress trees and render the lakes — which have hosted water skiing tournaments for decades — unusable.

Four Texas lakes will be “dewatered” by the end of September, according to the Guadalupe Blanco River Authority.


Two Texas floodgates have collapsed in the last two years, and the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority warns four more lakes are in danger of the same fate.


Courtney Collins / KERA News

The Trinity River in Dallas surged 12 feet above flood level Friday. It’s expected to crest at 43 feet Friday night. And that’s brought a surge of spectators to the Continental Bridge.

Courtney Collins / KERA News

Mother Nature has pretty much drowned the Texas drought.

That’s clear from color-coded maps just released from the U.S. Drought Monitor.

The National Weather Service

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Collin County wishes it had received some of the 10-inch downpours from yesterday’s storms, an old Disney billboard is up for auction, restaurant owners have some beef with Mary Kay convention-goers, and more.

BJ Austin / KERA News

Update, 2:47 p.m.: Northern Wise, northern Denton, and southern Cooke counties received the most rain today, in some places, up to 11 inches, National Weather Service meteorologist Dennis Cavanaugh tells KERA.