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Minor Spill at Compressor Site Contaminates Flood Waters

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2015/6/23 0:20:00 (757 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowBy Steve Southwell

A small amount of engine oil from a natural gas compressor station has been picked up by flood waters in Lewisville, according to Lewisville Fire Marshall Tim Ippolito, who also serves as Lewisville’s Oil and Gas Inspector.

In aerial photos released by the Lewisville Office of Emergency Management Saturday, a hydrocarbon sheen could be seen on flood waters crossing Creekside Mobile Home Park, which is just downstream from the facilities. Upon review of the FEMA flood maps of the area, we realized that the Chesapeake Lewisville natural gas compressor station and several other gas wells and a wastewater collection facility were located within the affected area. We contacted Ippolito on Sunday, and he had already been notified of a situation that morning, and was on his way to check out the gas wells.

Chesapeake Energy owns a gas well and a compressor station in the area west of Duncan Lane, and south of Spinks. FEMA maps show most of that land within the 100 year floodplain, with the northern portion of the site in the 500 year floodplain. Trinity River Energy owns several wells and a centralized wastewater collection facility, which is shown to be in FEMA zone “X”, which is minimal flood hazard.

Ippolito said Monday that Chesapeake notified both the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) about the release, which the Chesapeake representative told him was “less than 20 gallons”. Ippolito said that the operator had placed diking material around the Chesapeake compressor facility and along the downstream perimeter of the site, and that they had been on-site Friday through Sunday, which was when the peak flooding occurred. When Ippolito inspected the site on Sunday, he said that he saw no visible signs of leakage, and that the facility was shut down. “While it is unfortunate that they experienced the small leak, I am satisfied that they responded appropriately and do not anticipate any further leakage,” he said. “We will monitor the situation.”

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Updated: Mobile Home Residents Asked to Evacuate as Flood Waters Rise

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/6/19 17:40:00 (2829 reads)

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It appears that Denton Creek may have crested. As you can see from the chart, the water level has been at around the 26.9 foot level, and appears it may be ready to start slowly receding.

A quick drive through Creekside this evening showed water levels approximately where they were this morning when we checked them out. Fingers crossed, hopefully the worst is behind us, and the water will not damage any homes.

Update: 10:45 a.m.:
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Waters definitely have risen overnight, and many streets throughout the park have been flooded. Some streets have between 9 inches and a foot of water covering them, and have been barreled off by the City. Water has come up into the 500 year floodplain now, according to the FEMA map we posted last night.

We've uploaded more pictures into our Facebook album here.

Update: 9:10 a.m.:
Overnight, flood waters picked up an additional 8.5 inches, as measured by the gauge downstream. We will try to get updated photos of the situation at Creekside.

Update - Saturday - 12:15 a.m.:
Here's a link to a better version of the FEMA flood map.
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Update - 10:40 p.m.:
The City of Lewisville Emergency hotline is 972-219-3700. That number provides information about the facility if you need to go. You can also bring your pets with you, and Animal Services will be on-hand to help take care of them.

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Lewisville Office of Emergency Management says that currently only one family has taken advantage of the city's shelter at the Fred Herring Recreation Center, 191 Civic Circle in Lewisville near the Police Department and Library.

OEM has provided a map showing the potentially affected area. Note that this is NOT a map of current flood waters, but rather a map of the homes at risk

Open in new windowUpdate: 10:15 p.m.:
Grapevine lake has continued to rise today, on pace to pick up about 9 inches today. As long as the lake is on the rise, Denton Creek will also be on the rise. It could take days for this water to go back down.

The only forecast that I have right now is for the Elm Fork Trinity, near Carrollton, which is down stream from where Denton Creek, Timber Creek, and the Elm Fork from Lewisville converge. This forecast puts the crest there happening about mid-day on Sunday, a foot and a half higher than what it is right now. This doesn't translate to the same rise for Denton Creek, but that should shed some light on their thinking.
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Update: 9:55 p.m.:
A couple things we wanted to mention:

- Electricity has been turned off for many residents who are expected to be affected by this flooding. So has water service. That means that although the evacuation is not mandatory, it would be quite uncomfortable to stay overnight. If you are in one of the affected homes, we strongly encourage you to heed the warnings and leave so that you don't get stuck with no way out, and no way to make a phone call or charge your phone.

- The nearest flood gauge to watch for this is at Denton Creek and SH 121. That gauge can be found online here. As you can see, the height of the water is making a pretty linear rise. It is about 2.5 feet higher than it was at noon today.

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Update: 9:30 p.m.:
Here's the FEMA 100 year floodplain map for the Denton County portion of Creekside. Gray areas are the 100-year flood inundated area.
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And here is the Dallas County portion:
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Open in new windowOpen in new windowUpdate: 9:10 p.m.:
The water has risen quite a bit at Creekside today. Residents were told this afternoon that the water could come up an additional 5 feet or so. Zulma Gasca was gathering her family and belongings and getting ready to go stay with her sister. Waters were about 3 feet below her front door threshold when we stopped by to visit with her, and were continuing to rise.

Tropical Storm Bill's massive rainfall in Wise and Montague counties caused an inflow of water to Grapevine Lake, which is now going over the spillway into Denton Creek. Denton Creek, the "creekside" part of the park's name runs just to the south and west of the park, and had jumped its banks.

The evacuation is recommended for residents who live near the creek, or who must travel on roads that may become flooded. Roads may flood and become impassable before water enters any homes.

For your own safety and for the convenience of the residents in the park, please do not go sight-seeing in the park. Lewisville Police will be patrolling the park all night to maintain security and assist residents.

To see our photos, visit our Facebook album.


Original Post Via The City of Lewisville (About 5 p.m.)
Residents of a Lewisville mobile home park have been asked to evacuate their homes as a nearby creek rises toward flood levels. Mayor Rudy Durham signed an Order of Local Emergency earlier today.

City workers visited Creekside Mobile Home Park on Ace Lane in southern Lewisville this afternoon to notify them about the flooding risk and to assist with evacuation of homes threatened by rising water.

Even though rain has stopped locally, the potential for flooding remains a concern as Denton Creek continues to rise with runoff from heavy rains earlier this week in parts of the Lake Grapevine basin. State and federal officials monitoring the water levels have notified the City of Lewisville that the creek is expected to rise another 4-5 feet above the elevated levels measured at noon today.

If that prediction proves accurate, multiple homes in the western and southern parks of Creekside Mobile Home Park close to the flood path of Denton Creek, are expected to take on water later tonight. Adjacent streets also are expected to flood. The water level could remain elevated for several days. Evacuees using the shelter are encouraged to bring food, blankets, pillows and other items they might need during the evening and overnight.

Residents in the homes likely to be impacted were asked to remove possessions from their yards and properties that might be damaged or washes away by flood waters. Because high water also could cause utility outages, including electricity and water/sewer, they were advised to prepare to spend at least several days away from their homes.

The city has set up a temporary shelter at Fred Herring Recreation Center, 191 Civic Circle, for residents displaced by the evacuation. The shelter will open at 7 p.m. and remain open overnight, or longer depending upon need. Lewisville Police Department is arranging security at Creekside Mobile Home Park.

Anyone caught in the flood waters or facing a life-threatening emergency should call 9-1-1.

Impacted residents can get more information by calling the Emergency information Hotline at 972.219.3700, on the city website at cityoflewisville.com, or through Facebook or Twitter.

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Lewisville Texan Journal Burger Run - Saturday, June 27th

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/6/18 22:30:00 (921 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowWant to know who has the best hamburger in Lewisville? We do too! That’s why on Saturday, June 27th, we’ll send four judges to each of eight local Lewisville restaurants known for their burgers, and we’ll settle the question.

Each of the eateries will get a visit at a pre-appointed time, and serve our judges one of their best burgers for judging. Each burger will be judged on 1-10 scale based on taste, execution, appearance, and value, for a total possible score of up to 160 points.

We’ll be live-tweeting and blogging the event here on The Lewisville Texan Journal, and our Facebook and Twitter pages, starting at 11 a.m., and ending around 4:30 p.m.

Results will be tabulated and winners announced at 4 p.m. at Tierney’s, where the top three winners will receive their trophy or plaque. Join us at Tierneys, where Muffintops and Jellyrolls bakery will provide a delicious cake.

In addition to the judging, The Lewisville Texan Journal will have a Citizens' Choice award, for the most popular burger chosen by the general public in our online poll. Vote now!

Schedule:
11:00 a.m.: Square One Cafe
11:30 a.m.: Korner Cafe
12:00 a.m.: Hat Tricks
12:30 a.m.: Rack & Tap
1:00: p.m.: ** Intermission / transit **
1:30 p.m.: The Drunken Donkey
2:15 p.m.: The Rusty Beagle
3:00 p.m.: Martinez Grill
3:30 p.m.: Tierney's Cafe
4:00 p.m.: Awards and Cake


Open in new windowThe Lewisville Texan Journal thanks Philip Moulard of the Lake City Swallow for his hard work in organizing the contest, and Huffines Auto Group for the use of a Chevy Suburban to haul the judges around to the restaurants, and Ray Hernandez for being the driver.

Cheeseburger photo by Evan-Amos

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Best Little Brewfest and Car Show Saturday

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/6/18 20:20:00 (527 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowThis Saturday, June 20th, 2015, The Best Little Brewfest in Texas returns to Old Town Lewisville.

The festival focuses on craft beer, provided by over 80 breweries that will be on-hand sampling their brews to the public. Local brewery Cobra Brewing Company will exhibit at the Brewfest, as will the local Witherspoon Distillery.

The event begins at 9 a.m. with a classic car and bike show in the east parking lot of Lewisville City Hall, 151 W. Church St. That show is free to attend, and concludes at 1 p.m. Food will be available for purchase and Dixie Rex will provide live music.

The Brewfest begins at 1 p.m. for VIP attendees ($65 per person) and 3 p.m. for general admission attendees ($35 per person).

All attendees receive a 5 ounce tasting cup (similar to the one shown in the photo) and a tasting card good for 12 beer tastings. VIPs receive a special gift bag, and access to an air-conditioned lunch with finger foods.

Additional tasting cards are $5 each.

After the Brewfest ends at 7 p.m., there will be an "After Party in the Park" featuring local bands playing on the main stage at Ferguson Plaza. Admission to this event is included in the Brewfest ticket price, or can be had for $10 for non-Brewfest attendees.

Proceeds from the Best Little Brewfest in Texas go to Cloud 9 Charities, which supports Alzheimer's respite care and teen suicide counseling and prevention.

For tickets or more information, including parking info and exhibitors, visit the Best Little Brewfest in Texas website.
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Photos from last year's Brewfest...

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Work Begins on Garden Ridge Bridge Beam Placement Saturday

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/6/18 19:48:03 (569 reads)

Open in new window35Express Crews Prepare to Set Beams for the Newly Expanded Portion of the Garden Ridge Boulevard Bridge in Lewisville

Lewisville, Texas- As work begins to place approximately 25 beams for the newly constructed portion of the Garden Ridge Boulevard bridge over I-35E, motorists will experience intermittent closures on the structure.

On Saturday, June 20, AGL crews will begin setting beams on the south side of the existing Garden Ridge Boulevard bridge. Trucks carrying the beams will be staged along eastbound Garden Ridge Boulevard (approaching the bridge over I-35E) from 7 p.m. Saturday, June 20 until 6 a.m. Monday, June 22.

As beams are being placed, east and westbound Garden Ridge Boulevard will be intermittently closed during this same time period. A flagger will be present to maintain two way traffic.

In addition, two northbound lanes of I-35E will be closed between the hours of 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. The third northbound lane will also be closed for 15 minute intervals as crews work over northbound I-35E.

This work is related to the 35Express Project, an expansion of I-35E between U.S. Highway 380 in Denton County and I-635 in Dallas County. All closures are subject to weather conditions and may be postponed, as necessary.

For more information on the 35Express Project, please visit www.35Express.org or call 214-483-7777.

Rendering via 35Express: eventual configuration of the Garden Ridge Blvd Bridge

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Updated: Pedestrian Dies After Being Struck; Lewisville Police Investigating Hit-and-Run

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/6/17 12:40:00 (1214 reads)

Update - 6/17/2015:
Fox 4 News is reporting that the victim, 32-year-old Michael Singleton has died from his injuries this Tuesday.

Original Story - 6/10/2015:
Open in new windowLewisville Police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a person or vehicle that was involved in a hit and run crash on Monday, June 8, 2015. Sometime between 9:45 p.m. and 10:15 p.m., a 32-year-old male was struck while attempting to cross the street in the 600 block of South Garden Ridge Boulevard. The victim was crossing Garden Ridge westbound and was likely struck by a southbound vehicle. The victim was crossing mid-block and was not in a crosswalk. The victim was walking to a retail area on the southwest corner of South Garden Ridge Boulevard and Main Street (FM 1171). The victim was transported to Medical Center of Lewisville and then by air ambulance to Medical Center of Plano. On Tuesday, police had said that the man had been intoxicated and had minor injuries. As of this morning, he is currently unresponsive and in critical condition.

Investigators do not know what type of vehicle was involved in the hit and run and have very limited information. It is plausible the driver did not know he struck a person.

Anyone with any information on this hit and run should contact the Lewisville Police Department at 972-219-TIPS (8477) or Denton County Crime Stoppers at 800-388-TIPS (8477). People may also text a tip anonymously using the keyword “TIPLPD” with your information to 847411.

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Tropical Storm Bill Update

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/6/16 23:24:45 (511 reads)

We remain under a flash flood watch.

Here is the National Weather Service Update:

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After stalling along the coast today for a few hours, Tropical Storm Bill is making steady northward progress this evening. The bands of intense tropical rainfall of 2 to 4 inches per hour will begin to spread into the region from the south later tonight and into Wednesday. The central Texas area will start seeing this heavy rainfall after midnight and it may last through Wednesday morning. The north Texas area, including the DFW Metroplex will see this heavy rainfall spread into the area during the morning hours, and it may last into Wednesday evening.

Here is the forecast path:
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The remains of T.S. Bill will continue to lift northward into portions of north/central TX on Wednesday. With the widespread moisture, heavy rain additional river flooding and flash flooding is expected...especially along and east of the I-35 corridor. In addition--there will be a threat for a few very brief tornadoes. While brief...these tornadoes will still be capable of very fine corridors of damage. Make sure that you have multiple ways to receive warning information.

Information is from the National Weather Service and the National Hurricane Prediction Center.

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Tropical Storm Bill Headed This Way

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/6/16 7:52:23 (339 reads)

From the National Weather Service:

Here's the latest information on Tropical Storm Bill and the forecast track of the center of the low pressure system. It is important to keep in mind that impacts from this system will be worst along and east of the track of the center.
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Tropical Storm Bill is expected to track through North Texas over the next 24 to 36 hours. This system will likely bring heavy rainfall to the region along and east of the track of the center. Widespread rainfall amounts of 2 to 4 inches can be expected over the next 72 hours. Flash flooding will be possible through Wednesday across the region.
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Primary concerns here are flooding. All local lakes are in surcharge (over the flood pool) already, and there is no capacity for flood control with heavy storms. Once this rolls in, it will dump a lot of rain (over 4 inches for us) over an extended period.

The Lewisville Office of Emergency Management recommends that citizens review the flood preparedness information at Ready.gov.

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Last Week To Witness Nature's Embrace at MCL Grand

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Posted by Pmoulard87 on 2015/6/15 22:30:00 (541 reads)

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By Philip Moulard

Thursday May 7, 2015, marked the opening of Jordan Grimes’ ‘Nature’s Embrace’ , presented by the Lewisville Visual Arts League. The fully extensive gallery features a large collection of both paintings, sculptures, and sketches, housed at the Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater. The gallery was Grimes’ prize for winning the 2014 Fresh Ideas Juried Exhibit and is open to the public free of charge, Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Grimes, a 28 year old resident of Shady Shores, Texas, spent his entire life growing up and working on a 5th generation organic farm. Grimes’ ancestor, Cynthia Ann Parker, was a small Texan girl captured at the age of 9 by a Comanche war party. Parker spent 24 years of her life assimilated into the tribe, eventually giving birth to Quanah Parker, the last chief of the Comanche tribe. The story of Parker was told throughout Grimes’ life and had a significant impact on him from a very early age. Throughout his youth, Grimes spent his free time drawing figures using aspects of nature like leaves and plant parts. As time passed, Grimes’ love of the natural world around him grew, leading him to the creation of these magnificent sculptures.

Nature’s Embrace is a loving homage to Native American culture, and their historic bond with nature. Taking the human form and manifesting it inside whole, untreated pieces of wood, Grimes has created organic and hauntingly beautiful pieces that cover a wide range of emotional representation. With nearly 90 pieces of art ranging from sculptures to sketches, Grimes exhibit showcases an unprecedented connection to his heritage and artistic expression that truly must be seen to be understood.

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Federal disaster assistance available

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/6/15 22:20:00 (256 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowAs a result of the recent severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding, President Obama has issued a Major Disaster Declaration that includes Denton County. This means federal disaster assistance might be available for Lewisville residents and businesses that experienced damages or losses due to these recent storms or floods.

Disaster assistance for homeowners and renters can include grants to help pay for rent, temporary housing and home repairs, as well as other serious disaster-related needs. Additionally, low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration might be available. SBA helps businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners and renters fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. These disaster loans and grants generally cover losses not fully compensated by insurance and are not intended to duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations.

Residents and business owners should apply right away and not wait for insurance claims to settle. Those who experienced storm damage should register with Federal Emergency Management Administration, even those with insurance, because while FEMA cannot duplicate insurance payments, any under-insured applicants may receive help after insurance claims have been settled.

People can apply for FEMA assistance online at DisasterAssistance.gov or at m.fema.gov. Applicants may also call 800.621.3362 or 800.462.7585 from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Also, people can contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling 800.659.2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting sba.gov/disaster.

From a submitted report

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