Lake Whitney projected to rise seven feet overnight

Posted at 8:59 PM, Jun 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-02 13:44:02-04

Lake Whitney is expected to rise seven feet overnight, setting new records for the lake.

Hill County Emergency Management Manager Tom Hemrick said the recent heavy rainfalls have taken a toll on the water levels both to the north and south of the lake.

“There was a lot of rain in Grandbury. As they’re trying to dump that and get that lake back down, all that water is coming to Lake Whitney. Because of the floods, [areas] south of us can’t release the water. Lake Whitney has to hold the water,” Hemrick said.

Hemrick says the numbers for Lake Whitney are projected, not including the possibility of severe rain.

“The weather service told us we’re going to get 2-6 inches between now and Saturday,” Hemrick said.

The elevated water levels present a hazard for Hill County. Hill County Emergency has paired with several emergency teams to keep on standby.

“If we get six inches then we will be dealing with a lot of other issues. The county roads will be underwater at the point, and we'll be dealing with a lot more stuff than we are right now," Hemrick said.

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