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Lakes, Rivers May Be Higher Than Usual But Nothing Wrong With It

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NORTH TEXAS(CBSDFW.COM) - This is the first time since 2007 the Trinity River is filled with water from levy to levy.  As much water as there is here now, it's not as much as there was eight years ago.

And that still pales in comparison to the amount of water in the Trinity back in 1989 and 1990.  The Army Corps of Engineers says there was more than twice the amount of water in the Trinity back then than now.

The Corps says its flood control system is working as designed.  To keep it that way, the Corps relies on 400 monitoring stations placed throughout its system of eight reservoirs.

While many of the lakes in North Texas are past full pool, none is at imminent risk for having an uncontrolled spill that will cause flooding downstream.

The lake closest to doing so is Lewisville, but even if that happens, the Corps says it will be minor and won't cause widespread flooding.

At Lake Lavon, the Corps says it's preparing for a major release downstream as early as Tuesday.  But it also says not to expect any problems.

At Joe Pool lake, rising water flooded the marina Sunday, forcing people to take kayaks back to the docks.  But otherwise there is no other problem there.

And at Lake Ray Roberts, no evacuations are needed downstream as first feared last week.  There is still room to hold rising water.

Without having the proper flood controls in place, the Corps says all the heavy rains and storms we've had would have produced significant flooding in this area.

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