Corps of Engineers begins releases from flood pools

Published April 27, 2015

FORT WORTH, Texas – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District, in keeping with its flood risk reduction charter, continues to monitor and manage recent flooding at its lakes in Texas.  Recent rain events have helped fill many of the lakes operated by the Fort Worth District. Among these are Lavon, Lewisville and Jim Chapman Lakes. Flood mitigation is required to protect public safety and reduce the potential for damage caused by a flood event. 

     USACE lakes are operated based on long standing flood mitigation procedures. When water levels rise into flood pool which is above normal conservation pool, USACE releases water as needed to protect lives and property. On Monday morning, April 27, USACE began releasing 750 cubic feet per second at Jim Chapman Lake and approximately 1,200 cfs at Lavon Lake Monday afternoon in accordance with the water control plans.  Releases cease when the lake level returns to the normal conservation pool; however it may take several weeks for lake levels to return to conservation pool.

     The Corps of Engineers is always concerned about public safety and urges boaters to wear life jackets and use caution while navigating. Floodwaters can create unfamiliar boating conditions, changed shorelines, and submerged objects such as picnic tables, signs, and debris.                       

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About the Fort Worth District: The Fort Worth District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was established in 1950. The District is responsible for water resources development in two-thirds of Texas, and design and construction at military installations in Texas and parts of Louisiana and New Mexico.  Visit the Fort Worth District Web site at: and SWF Face book at:
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Release no. 15-022