Update on the Reopening of Lake Randell - KTEN.com - No One Gets You Closer

Update on the Reopening of Lake Randell

Posted:
  • Texoma HeadlinesMore>>

  • Semi driver dies in wreck on US 75 in Sherman

    Semi driver dies in wreck on US 75 in Sherman

    SHERMAN -- One man died in a wreck on Highway 75 in Sherman overnight. The driver of the semi has been identified as Kenneth Carter, 63, of Georgia. According to Sherman police, around midnight, the driver lost control of the semi and slammed into one of the pillars under Loy Lake Bridge. TxDOT is doing construction on the bridge. Police say Carter was pinned inside the cab of the truck for at least half an hour. He was pronounced dead at the scene.The truck was carrying produce and most of ...More >>
    SHERMAN -- One man died in a wreck on Highway 75 in Sherman overnight. The driver of the semi has been identified as Kenneth Carter, 63, of Georgia. According to Sherman police, around midnight, the driver lost control of the semi and slammed into one of the pillars under Loy Lake Bridge. TxDOT is doing construction on the bridge. Police say Carter was pinned inside the cab of the truck for at least half an hour. He was pronounced dead at the scene.The truck was carrying produce and most of ...More >>
  • Fourth person dies following wreck in Choctaw County

    Fourth person dies following wreck in Choctaw County

    CHOCTAW COUNTY -- A fourth person has died as a result of a car crash in Choctaw County over the weekend. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says Crystal Sutterfield died Monday in the hospital. The crash happened Sunday night when troopers say Rodney Sutterfield ran a stop sign and pulled out in front of another car. Troopers say Sutterfield, J.W. Fleeks and Mildred Mitchell died at the scene.More >>
    CHOCTAW COUNTY -- A fourth person has died as a result of a car crash in Choctaw County over the weekend. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says Crystal Sutterfield died Monday in the hospital. The crash happened Sunday night when troopers say Rodney Sutterfield ran a stop sign and pulled out in front of another car. Troopers say Sutterfield, J.W. Fleeks and Mildred Mitchell died at the scene.More >>
  • Earth Day Celebration Scheduled For Saturday In Sherman

    Earth Day Celebration Scheduled For Saturday In Sherman

    SHERMAN, TX -- Texomans looking for a way to get in to the spirit of Earth Day will get their chance this coming Saturday. An Earth Day festival is being held on the Sherman municipal grounds from 8:30 in the morning to 5:00 in the afternoon. There will be live music, food, and recycling trucks to help you get rid of your unwanted clutter. "And we are growing every year, this year we have a record number of vendors, and a really wide variety of vendors, we have more people approaching us...More >>
    SHERMAN, TX -- Texomans looking for a way to get in to the spirit of Earth Day will get their chance this coming Saturday. An Earth Day festival is being held on the Sherman municipal grounds from 8:30 in the morning to 5:00 in the afternoon. There will be live music, food, and recycling trucks to help you get rid of your unwanted clutter. "And we are growing every year, this year we have a record number of vendors, and a really wide variety of vendors, we have more people approaching us...More >>

DENISON, TX---- The warm weather and bright sunny days make conditions at Randell Lake perfect for boating and fishing.

"It's a place to come and relax," technical services supervisor Angus Evans said.

However, now it's been more than two years since the lake has seen any sort of activity due to several improvement projects that have closed down the lake.

"The building of the new raw water pump station is what shut it down for the first time," Evans said.

Now, many Texomans are getting anxious and are wondering when the projects will be complete and when the lake will officially reopen.

"They're curious as to when the lake is going to open back up because some of them have been coming out here for most of their lives and they would like to have their lake back open," Evans said.

The lake was originally set to reopen by this December at the latest, but now Evans said it could take up to another year for it to officially reopen. So far, several of the projects have been completed.

"We built a new clear well, made new improvements at the plant and installed a new raw water pump station to decommission an 100-year-old intake structure out here in the lake," Evans said.

Today, he said there are still a few more improvement projects left.

"The next project is replacing the flood gates with little OG weir spillways," Evans said.

"The state of Texas requires us to be able to open all 23 gates within a length of time and we  can't do that manually," said plant manager Dean Rylant when asked why the flood gates needed to be replaced.

After the spillways are done, Evans said they plan to construct a stilling basin. Once that is completely finished, he said the lake will be ready for the public's enjoyment.