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Hagerman roads flooded as Lake Texoma rises

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A bridge to nowhere at the flooded Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge. (KTEN) A bridge to nowhere at the flooded Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge. (KTEN)
Many roads at the Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge are flooded. (KTEN) Many roads at the Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge are flooded. (KTEN)

GRAYSON COUNTY, Texas -- If you have plans to visit the Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge, be prepared for wet and impassible roads.

Recent rains caused water levels at Lake Texoma to surge to 622 feet above sea level. The normal water level is around 617 feet.

Some roads in the refuge west of Sherman are already completely submerged, and with more rain in the forecast, the hazards could multiply.

"We're still rising very, very slowly right now," said  U.S. Army Corps of Engineers deputy manager Joe Custer. "It all depends on how much rain we get out on the base this weekend whether or not we're going to continue to rise, but if we get more rain? Yes, we will come up a little bit more, just all depends on the rainfall."

Hagerman is one of the federal facilities affected by the partial government shutdown. No employees are currently working at the refuge, so restrooms and trash cans are not being maintained.

The rising water is also having an impact on Lake Texoma's boat ramps .

"East Burns Run is on the verge of closing," Custer said. "We have closed Lakeside and Caney Creek, and Johnson Creek is very close to closing also right now."

Hiking trails at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge remain open to the public, and restrooms and trash cans will be available until the facility determines there is a health or wildlife hazard.
 

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