Debris lurks below the surface as local lakes swell with rain runoff

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(KWTX) Lakes throughout Central Texas are filled to capacity as a result of runoff from heavy rains, and dangers lurk below the water’s surface.

Debris in Lake Waco. (Photo by Bill Gowdy)

"If you don't know what's in the water you can't see into it, you could run into some debris," Army Corps of Engineers Park Ranger Courtney Heuring said Thursday.

"With this type of flooding you could have a lot of runoff containing fecal matter and people just need to stay out of the water for now,” Heuring, who’s stationed at Lake Waco, said.

The high water levels have led to the closures of most parks and access points at area lakes.

The level of Lake Waco Thursday was 478.35 feet, 16.35 feet above its normal conservation pool level. All access points and parks were closed Thursday except for Bosque Park and the Waco Dam access point.

Lake Whitney’s level was 540.95 feet, 7.95 feet above its normal level. All access points and parks were closed Thursday.

Lake Aquilla’s level was 550.39 feet, 12.89 feet above its normal level. All boat ramps and access points were closed Thursday.

Lake Belton was 8.42 feet above its normal level at 602.42 feet. All parks and boat ramps except for Miller Springs Park and Overlook Park, were either fully or partially closed Thursday.

Stillhouse Hollow Lake’s level was 628.95 feet, 6.95 feet above its normal level. All parks and access points were closed Thursday except for Overlook Park and the Chalk Ridge Falls Nature Area,