Lake Level BlogReservoir Monitoring Update

Reservoir Monitoring Update

By May 6, 2024

Current Conditions

Aside from late afternoon scattered showers near Richland-Chambers, yesterday was mostly dry, see Graphic-1 below. This rain had negligible impact on reservoir inflow, as current inflow is from the Saturday evening rain event.

Lake Level Projections

  • Cedar Creek Reservoir – Lake level is holding fairly steady just under 322.5 ft-msl.  Inflow from north of Kaufman is at the lake today and levels should remain fairly constant.  Inflow and lake level should start receding tomorrow.
  • Richland-Chambers – Lake levels are expected to continue rising today as inflow from the upper reaches of the watershed moves in.  An early estimate of the peak water level is 316.9 ft-msl, occurring overnight Tuesday (5/7) into Wednesday.  Much can change between now and then including but not limited to upstream runoff predictions, downstream conditions, spillway operations, and additional rainfall.  This prediction can change if any of those ingredients change.
  • Lake Bridgeport – Additional rise is not expected at Bridgeport.
  • Eagle Mountain –   Eagle Mountain could see another four inches of rise as the upstream watershed continues to drain.

 

Please note: TRWD staff are adjusting discharges as needed to manage lake levels as safely as possible, while considering downstream conditions.  All changes to releases will be posted to the Lake Level Blog. In addition, TRWD discharges are coordinated with the River Forecast Center (RFC) and reflected in their official river forecast products which include Trinity River at Trinidad and Trinity River near Long Lake (Oakwood).

Looking Forward

The unsettled weather pattern is expected to continue into mid-week.  There are chances of thunderstorms each day.  However, the heavy rain threat is low.  Severe weather, in the form of wind and hail will be the main threat.  See Graphic-2 for today’s guidance.  Please stay weather aware and follow our partners at the National Weather Service (NWS) and the River Forecast Center (RFC) for the latest information regarding weather and river conditions, respectively.

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Graphic-1. Rainfall Totals from the past 24-hours

Graphic-2 NWS Monday Guidance

We’ll be watching a dryline to our west this afternoon and evening as thunderstorms are expected to develop along it and move east. Most of the activity will remain across Oklahoma, but a few storms may clip our northern counties mainly north of I-20. Very large hail and damaging winds would be the main threats with any storms that develop, with a non-zero tornado threat.

*Lake Worth is owned and operated by the City of Fort Worth. See the City of Fort Worth news feed and NWS forecast page for updates on Lake Worth.

**Benbrook Lake is owned and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  ***See Benbrook Lake Home Page for current discharge.

Current lake levels can be found in a variety of locations including TRWD.com, the TRWD watershed data viewer trwd.onerain.com, or download the TRWD Lake Level App for iOS or Android.

Please call the Flood Hotline for further information.

817-720-4296

If prompted to leave a message, the flood monitor on duty will return your message within 30 minutes.

Posted by CO

Lake Current Level Conservation Level* Level Difference**
Arlington 549.33 550.00 -0.67
Benbrook 697.07 694.00 3.07
Bridgeport 826.89 836.00 -9.11
Cedar Creek 322.03 322.00 0.03
Eagle Mountain 649.14 649.10 0.04
Lake Worth 593.36 594.00 -0.64
Richland-Chambers 315.25 315.00 0.25
*Conservation Level: The permitted level of water an entity is allowed to hold in a lake. Any amount above the conservation level is used for the temporary storage of flood waters and must be released downstream.
**Difference: Amount above or below conservation level.
For more information read our daily reports or the TRWD Lake Level Blog.

Check out the TRWD OneRain portal for a visualization of this information and more.

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