Lake Texoma Finally Over Spillway - - No One Gets You Closer

Lake Texoma Finally Over Spillway

It's official for the third time in history, the waters of Lake Texoma are going over the spillway. Our cameras were rolling when the first stream of water began to trickle down. 

Finally - that's what everyone seems to be saying after days of estimates and speculation on exactly when the water would begin to fall.

A small trickle of water began to fall steadily at about 6:45 Saturday morning. But it wasn't until 10 a.m. that Lake Texoma reached the official 640 ft.

Onlookers say it was nice to watch history in the making. But many thought it would be going over much more than it did and expected to see it look similar to the 1990 spillway.

One spillway visitor said he'd seen his bathroom faucet drip more than the water seeping over the spillway, but U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Lake Manager, Ron Jordan, says that's a good thing.

"I'm sure a lot of people have come out expecting 1990, but for me I'm relieved we're not seeing 1990. Maybe a little disappointing, but this is still history."

Rose Coker, Sherman resident, said compared to 1990, "It's terrible, but I'll be up here more times to look at it."

It's been said that the event is only suppose to happen once in a life time. But, first-timers and third-timers say even if it's not much water, it's still impressive. 

At 9 p.m. on Sunday the lake is 630.5 ft. Officials expect the lake to crest Monday at noon. In 1990, flood waters washed away part of Highway 91, but that won't be the case this time. There are no plans to close the road. Visitors are asked to obey all road closings and signs to help alleviate congestion and keep site-seers safe.

Katy Blakey, KTEN News