Water breaches dam of local lake

Photo by Alex Cano
Photo by Alex Cano(KWTX)
Published: Jan. 3, 2019 at 12:18 PM CST
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The heavy rains across Central Texas caused the waters at a local lake Thursday morning to breach the dam.

"The water is flowing out of this area under Highway 437 and into Milam County" Bell County Emergency Management center coordinator Michael Harmon said.

Milam County Sherriff Chris White said the water is only eight feet deep and should the dam fail, only the road will be damaged.

He said all the homes in the path of the water are on high ground and there does not appear to be any livestock in danger.

The lake is just south of the small town Rogers, which has seen in excess of two inches of rain since early Wednesday morning.

White said a deputy, as well as Milam County Precinct 1 Commissioner Richard Watkins, went to keep an eye on the lake levels.

"The dam structure has weakened right now to the point to where we can’t put heavy equipment on it. So we have to wait for the water level to go below the breach level before we can effectively make any emergency repairs" Harmon said.

According to White’s Facebook post, the area that could be immediately affected would be County Roads 102 and possibly 103 – which are downstream of the lake.

A longtime resident said he had never seen the water so high.

"My thought is if all this water goes over here it will take down that bridge and cause a lot of destruction to the road," Kenton Drake said.