Corps’ Fort Worth District lakes provide flood protection to Texas

Published Oct. 26, 2015

FORT WORTH, Texas – Fort Worth District Flood Damage Reduction reservoirs continue to provide protection from floods and lessen damage caused by recent intense rain.

On the Upper Trinity River Basin there are six of the eight lakes operated by the Corps that are holding flood waters from recent rains and the remnants of Hurricane Patricia. One of the hardest hit areas of the state was in Navarro County. Navarro Mills Lake on the west side of the county has approximately 85 percent of the flood pool occupied (over 16 feet of flood water) and Bardwell Lake in neighboring Ellis County has over two feet of flood water being held.  Flood water will be discharged once channel capacity downstream is regained. Increased surveillance and monitoring of the structures will be maintained while flood water is held at these projects.

On the Brazos River Basin there are seven of the nine reservoirs holding water in their flood pools. The flood pools are designed to hold the flood water to help mitigate downstream impacts and help keep floods from overwhelming downstream communities.

All the reservoirs operated by the Fort Worth District are functioning as designed and continue to provide authorized project missions for the people of Texas.






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:

Randy Cephus
819 Tayloy St., Fort Worth, TX 76102

Release no. 15-053