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How Much More Water Can the Lakes Hold

The lakes in Central Texas are doing what they were designed to do. Holding back flood water to prevent major flooding. Even as the rain begins to clear, water flowing from watersheds upstream will cause some lake levels to rise over the next several days. As of Saturday morning, here are the latest numbers for the lakes.

Lake Whitney:

  • Saturday morning level is 555.51 feet and rising
  • Highest crest on record is 570.25 feet
  • Flood Pool is 41% full, top level is 571 feet
  • All flood gates are closed
  • Due to flooding in southeast Texas, it will take time before more water is released from the lake
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Lake Waco:

  • Saturday morning level is 482.83 feet and rising
  • Highest crest on record is 488.48 feet
  • Flood Pool is 38% full, top level is 500 feet
  • All parks and ramps are closed
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Lake Belton:

  • Saturday morning level is 611.94 feet and rising
  • Highest crest on record is 634.36 feet
  • Flood Pool is 35% full, top level is 631 feet
  • All parks and ramps are closed
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Stillhouse Hollow Lake:

  • Saturday morning level is 638.99 feet and rising
  • Highest crest on record is 667.97 feet
  • Flood Pool is 28% full, top level is 666 feet
  • All parks and ramps are closed
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Lake Mexia:

  • Saturday morning level is 451.40 feet and falling
  • Highest crest on record is 456.62 feet
  • Parks and ramps are closed

Some key facts to keep in mind about some of the lakes. For Lake Waco, it is fed by the Bosque River and releases into the Brazos River. Lake Whitney is fed by the Brazos River and releases into the same river. Lake Belton is fed and releases into the Leon River. Stillhouse Hollow is fed by the Lampasas River and ends up joining the Leon River and Little River.

Until the flooding in southeast Texas, especially on the Brazos River, improves, our lakes will remain full since they cannot release any water. Over time, the Corps of Engineers will calculate how much water can be release to minimize flooding down stream. The hope is to have parks open for July 4th weekend but some areas could remain closed longer.

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