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Severe Weather Expected for Tonight

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/5/8 13:20:00 (220 reads)

Open in new windowUpdate: 5/8/2015, 2:05 p.m.:
The National Weather Service has issued an areal flood warning for Denton and Collin Counties. Law enforcement personnel have reported that numerous roads across the county are still closed due to floodwaters from rains that occurred Thursday night.

Excessive runoff from heavy rainfall will continue to cause flooding of small creeks and streams, as well as farm and country roads. Do not attempt to travel across a flooded road. Turn around, don't drown!

Friday, 5/8/2015, 1:15 p.m.:
Open in new windowThe National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch for Denton County effective until 9 p.m. This means that conditions are favorable for severe weather that could include tornadoes. If you are going to be outside this afternoon or this evening, make sure that you have a way to obtain weather information, and that you have plans for a safe place to go in case the weather turns bad. If you are going to the Keeping Tradition Alive Pipes and Drums jam at Lewisville City Hall, city staff have already announced that City Hall will be available for shelter if the need arises.

Open in new windowHere is the National Weather Service statement about severe weather tonight: "More severe weather is expected today across North Texas. Scattered showers and thunderstorms may develop as early as late this morning with more robust thunderstorm development later this afternoon and evening. The greatest threat for severe weather is from Comanche to DFW to Gainesville late this afternoon and evening. Severe thunderstorms will be capable of producing large hail...damaging winds and tornadoes. Flash flooding will also be possible through this evening across all of North Texas."

Stay safe, and stay tuned.

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Updated: Keep Tradition Alive Jam Session set for May 8

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2015/5/8 7:00:00 (991 reads)

Update 5/8/2015 - 12:00 p.m.:
The City of Lewisville has rescheduled the performances for 30 minutes earlier due to possible severe weather tonight. The jam session will begin at 6:30, and the Killdares will play at 7:15. In the event of severe weather, attendees will be escorted into Lewisville City Hall for shelter. Bring umbrellas and chairs.

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Open in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowHundreds of firefighter bagpipers, drummers and honor guard members from across the country are expected to participate in the annual KTA Jam Session scheduled for Friday, May 8, on the steps of Lewisville City Hall, 151 W. Church Street.

The free event, which has become a community favorite drawing more than 1,000 spectators, will include a series of performances and presentations by participants and instructors at the Keeping Tradition Alive Symposium being held that week at the Lewisville Convention Center.

Also performing that evening will be The Killdares, a Celtic-themed rock band that has quickly become a Lewisville favorite at the KTA Jam Session and the free Sounds of Lewisville summer concert series.

Keep Tradition Alive is one of the premier training events for firefighter bagpipe and drum corps members across the country, and also includes classes for public safety honor guards conducted by the National Honor Guard Academy. It was started by Lewisville Fire Department in 2008 and is held each May at the Lewisville Convention Center. The public Jam Session held in conjunction with the symposium has become a popular regional activity for participants and spectators.

The two-day symposium will feature highly regarded teachers, headed by lead pipe instructor Don Shannon and lead drum instructor Andrew Hoinacki. Shannon is a native of Northern Ireland and has been playing the bagpipes for more than 40 years, including performances for the British Royal Family. Hoinacki started drumming at age 6 and has a distinguished performance and competition history.

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KLB Spring Cleanup

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/5/7 21:42:23 (181 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowKeep Lewisville Beautiful celebrated its 29th annual citywide cleanup on Saturday April 25, 2015 with a special Earth Day Expo. This free event was held in conjunction with the Keep Texas Beautiful Trash Off and the Keep American Beautiful Great America Clean Up activities. 605 volunteers showed community spirit by working hard and helped remove more than 6.25 tons of litter from Lewisville streets, parks, historic cemeteries, and creeks. Volunteers contributed 2,420 volunteer hours valued at $55,829 in litter abatement services for the Lewisville community. Lunch, T-shirts, goody bags, and door prizes were provided by KLB and event donors. An environmental expo and Earth Day Celebration were also held onsite. A big thank you to all of the wonderful volunteers who worked so hard to make Lewisville a better place to work, live, and play!

Five teams were awarded trophies for their hard work: Youth group winners included the Jim Boland Family with Sam’s Club who picked up 15 bags of trash and illegal dumping from a historical cemetery site for youth small group, and Killough High School’s AVID group who picked up 31 bags of trash in the youth large group category. For the adult small group, Texas New Mexico Power Company removed 14 bags of trash plus shopping carts from the canal behind Toys R Us. The Lewisville Texan Journal team took home the adult large group trophy, and removed 66 bags of trash from Timber Creek.

Several unusual items were found, including a homemade tetherball stand, a futon frame, an American express card, illegally dumped concrete culverts and bathroom fixtures, a corked champagne bottle, a giant pink eraser, and a 1974 Who’s Who plaque from the State of Texas. Tanya Primivera won “most unusual item” trophy for bringing back the Who’s Who plaque.

Keep Lewisville Beautiful would like to thank all of the volunteers and sponsors that made this event possible. Sponsors of this event include City of Lewisville, Waste Management, Republic Waste Services (Lewisville Landfill), Texas New Mexico Power Company, DATCU, Dale Downing CPA, Keep Texas Beautiful, Keep America Beautiful, LLELA, LoneStar Storage, Dallas Zoo, Bahama Buck’s, Starbucks, Upper Trinity Regional Water District, Lewisville Lion’s Club, The Lewisville Police Department, Blue Bell Creameries, La Hacienda Ranch, The Texas Rangers Ball Club, Hyena Comedy Club, Walmart, Lewisville Lake Symphony, Taco Cabana, Spaghetti Warehouse, Joe’s Crab Shack, BJ’s Restaurants, Inc., Blue Goose Cantina, Texas Motor Speedway, Lowe’s, and Market Street.

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FM 407 Bridge to Close Permanently May 29th

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/5/7 20:27:29 (5402 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowThe 35Express Project will reach a major milestone this month. Crews working on the $1.4 billion project will permanently close the FM 407 bridge and begin preparations to demolish the structure Friday, May 29.

As part of the 35Express project, the FM 407 bridge will be demolished and replaced with an at-grade roadway that will increase capacity and improve mobility on the east-west connection. Once the bridge demolition begins, traffic will be detoured using Valley Ridge and Garden Ridge Boulevards. The new FM 407 roadway is expected to fully reopen to traffic summer 2016, but crews expect to have one lane of traffic open in each direction by the end of the year.

The bridge will close at 8 p.m., Friday, May 29 and traffic will not be allowed across the structure. Once traffic across the bridge is severed, crews will begin the task of demolishing the western half of the bridge that is over the southbound I-35E traffic. Once the western half of the bridge is demolished and crews construct the new final portion of the southbound mainlane and managed lane bridges, all traffic will be placed onto the new pavement. The eastern half of the bridge over the northbound lanes of I-35E will be demolished and work will then focus on constructing the northbound mainlane bridges.

Work on the new FM 407 began December 2014. Crews constructed a new southbound frontage road that facilitated construction of the new southbound mainlane bridge that will eventually travel over FM 407.

When complete, the newly constructed FM 407 will have two traffic lanes in each direction, a dedicated turn lane in each direction and Texas U-turn lanes on each end. The retaining walls supporting the mainlane bridges over FM 407 will include aesthetics that reflect the lake theme of this portion of the project.

The traveling public can view a video detailing the phases of construction of the structure by visiting the 35Express YouTube Channel (35Express).

The demolition and reconstruction of FM 407 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. The overall project is expected to be substantially complete by mid-2017.

All closures are subject to weather conditions and may be postponed, if necessary. For more information about the 35Express project or to sign up for traffic alerts, please visit www.35Express.org.

From a submitted report

Open in new windowRelated Story: FM 407 Bridge Demolition to Begin Soon (Includes photos and diagrams)

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Lewisville Lake Update: The Heavens Giveth, and the Corps Taketh Away

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2015/5/6 18:10:00 (3573 reads)

Open in new windowUpdate 5/8/2015 - 6:30 a.m.:
Last night's thunderstorms dumped a huge amount of rain over our watershed. Most of Denton County got 1-2 inches, with parts in the northwest getting up to 4 inches. It's a perfect reminder of the role these dams play in flood control. Even with the dam releasing 5,462 CFS through the night, Lewisville Lake picked up about 0.4 feet. Clear Creek, which feeds Lewisville Lake via the Elm Fork, north of the lake, was running about 15,200 CFS this morning, and Hickory Creek was feeding in 2,590 CFS. Little Elm Creek was feeding in 1,370 CFS, and Doe Branch on the east of the lake was feeding in 1,610. The Elm Fork, near SH 121 Business is about 19 feet higher than normal. The Elm Fork near Carrollton dam is officially past flood stage now, having reached 8.22 feet. Lake Ray Roberts - another part of the Dallas water supply - picked up almost 3 feet yesterday, officially becoming full about mid-day yesterday. It stands at 634.65 feet, over 3 feet above its 632.5 conservation pool.

Update - 5/7/2015 - 7:30 a.m.:
As of this morning at 5:00 a.m., the Corps of Engineers reports it is releasing 5,453 CFS. The lake is at 523.27 feet. The Elm Fork near Carrollton had been predicted to crest at 7.4 feet, but was at 7.44 feet this morning at 6:15 a.m.
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The above photo was taken last night from the Hebron Parkway bridge, looking South.
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Above is a look at the bridge from down below.

Original Story
Open in new windowOpen in new windowBy Steve Southwell

After recent heavy rains in the area, Lewisville Lake had reached a peak water level of about 524.3 feet last Friday, but the US Army Corps of Engineers turned on the spigot Friday to begin releasing extra water out of the flood pool. They are now releasing a staggering 5,063 cubic feet of water per second (CFS) from the dam, compared to the normal flow of 200-300 CFS. Our readers may have seen our photos of this weekend’s 2,000 CFS release posted on Facebook this weekend, but today we received photos of the heavy flow from the main flood gate.

Justin Berndt, a Natural Resource Specialist for the Corps of Engineers, explained that any level of water higher than the 522 foot conservation pool level is considered flood pool, and the Corps tries to release it in a controlled manner as soon as possible so that the lake has capacity to catch more storm runoff and avoid downstream flooding.

The top of the dam’s floodway on the east side is at 532 feet above sea level, after which it flows uncontrolled over the top. The last time it reached that level was July of 2007. The water below 522 feet belongs to the City of Dallas, which controls the output at that level and below. The flood pool is managed by Corps of Engineers hydrologists, who monitor levels downstream and determine when it is safe to release the water. “If another storm comes, we need that capacity,” said Berndt. According to data obtained by The Lewisville Texan Journal, the 10 feet of flood pool storage is approximately half as much storage as the conservation pool. As of this afternoon, the lake level had dropped down to about 523.4 feet.

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Keep Lewisville Beautiful Benefit Night at BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse

Lewisville Area Calendar and Events
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2015/5/6 13:40:00 (205 reads)

Open in new windowWhat'cha making for dinner tonight? Not sure? Why not take the opportunity and enjoy some delicious food at BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse while giving back to your community?

Help support Keep Lewisville Beautiful by dining at BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse in Lewisville tonight. Great food and a great cause!


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Food Reviews: Mama's Pizza

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/5/5 22:10:00 (915 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowBy Philip Moulard

Mama's Pizza
297 W. Round Grove Rd. Lewisville, TX 75067
972.315.8483

So put yourself in this scenario: You, a tired toddler, and a sassy beautiful red-head are all sitting in the lobby of a mechanics shop whilst you all three of you are waiting to hear the news on said red-head's older-than-it-should-be means of transportation. The only thing louder than the adjoining garage is the collective grumbles of the stomachs of your party. So as any naturally born leader of his family unit, I wrangled up my small family and went out into the wilderness that is a shopping center. After passing a fitness center ironically placed and mocking me, a breakfast establishment just on the brink of finishing its morning rush, we came upon a place simply called "Mama's Pizza". Blindly we walked through the double doors and apparently stepped into a time portal.

Walking into the line for the first time at Mama's Pizza, is like stepping right back into the early 1990s. Mediocre art, color clashing tables, checker tiled floors, arcade machines, claw games— these are all just a handful of the throwback nuances you are greeted with when you walk into the pizzeria, but of all things there, the most 90s element is the giant 7 foot tall and 3 feet thick 90s style projector big screen TV that on-looks all of the tables in the restaurant. The culture shock doesn't stop there because once you make your way to the counter you are greeted by the happiest elderly Asian man you've ever seen who is accompanied by his wife. After paying, you then sit amongst the retro decor, then proceed to go get your plate from the buffet.

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Winco Foods Opening on Thursday

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/5/5 7:10:00 (993 reads)

Open in new windowBy Andrew Wyatt

On May 7th at 9 a.m., the Idaho-based discount grocery store, WinCo Foods, which already made its mark on the west coast, will finally open in Lewisville. The store will be a major milestone for WinCo and an honor for Lewisville as this marks the company’s 100th store.

This 83,000 square foot location is located in the Old Orchard Village shopping center, on the southeast corner of Main Street and Old Orchard. Mayor Dean Ueckert said he thinks the store will help attract and retain businesses for the shopping center. In the works since 2013, the WinCo store was estimated by the City of Lewisville to be about a $16 million investment from the company.

The shopping center was originally developed in the 1970s, and has seen both Kroger and Walmart as anchor tenants in the past.

WinCo Foods is an employee-owned company that bills itself as a low-price leader, featuring a large selection of national brands, and house-branded products. Open 24 hours a day, the stores carry groceries, a fresh bakery, bulk foods department, deli, fresh meat and seafood, and fresh produce.

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Homeowners Receive Property Tax Appraisal Notices

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 Posted by WhosPlayin on 2015/5/3 10:00:00 (740 reads)

Open in new windowBy Steve Southwell

Homeowners in Denton County have begun to receive their annual property tax appraisals in the mail. The preliminary average taxable home value is $180,909 this year, up from $167,486 in 2014, an increase of about 8%. This value will drop slightly as some homeowners take up protests with the Denton County Appraisal District. The Lewisville Texan Journal estimates that after all of the protests are taken into account - mostly commercial, the City of Lewisville might have an additional $2.2 million to work with in next year’s budget, assuming the current tax rate stays the same. Property tax value increases do not substantially benefit school district operations budgets because state funding is decreased when local funding increases.

In 2014, the total property tax rate for Lewisville residents went down slightly, as both the City of Lewisville and Denton County lowered rates, and Lewisville ISD left the rate unchanged. The total combined rate for Lewisville residents for 2014 was $2.1852 per $100 valuation, but the school district portion is subject to a $15,000 homestead exemption. Residents who own their home that they reside in should check their appraisal notice to ensure that the homestead exemption is shown. Tax rates for 2015 will be set by each entity, usually in late August or early September for the bills that will come out at the end of the year.

The deadline for filing a protest is June 1st. Property owners with questions can contact the Denton Central Appraisal District office at 940-349-3800 or visit the website. See our prior article regarding appeals. For more discussion about preliminary property values, and how they decrease as the rolls are certified, see our article from last year.

Attached file: Lewisville Appraisal Values - 2013, 2014, and 2015.

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Upcoming Closures for the 35Express Project

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/5/1 18:00:00 (352 reads)

Open in new windowThe following closures will be in place on the 35Express project:

Nightly Lane Closures on Southbound Interstate 35E and the Frontage Road Approaching Frankford Road in Carrollton
The right lane of southbound I-35E and various lanes of the southbound I-35E frontage road near the Frankford Road exit ramp will be closed nightly from 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. Friday, May 1 through Friday, May 8. During this closure, crews will close the existing exit ramp and open a new Frankford Road exit ramp to traffic. The new ramp is north of the current ramp. Law enforcement will be present to assist with traffic control.

Nightly Closures of Southbound Interstate 35E Exit Ramp at Fox Avenue in Lewisville
The southbound I-35E exit ramp at Fox Avenue and the right lane of southbound I-35E approaching Fox Avenue will be closed nightly from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday, May 4 through Friday, May 8. Law enforcement will be present to assist with traffic control. During this closure, crews will widen the ramp.

Detour:

· Southbound I-35E traffic wishing to access Fox Avenue: Traffic will exit at FM 1171/Main Street and continue south on the frontage road to Fox Avenue.

Nightly Flagging Operations on East- and Westbound Hickory Creek Road at Interstate 35E
Flagging operations will be implemented on east- and westbound Hickory Creek Road near the southbound I-35E frontage road nightly from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sunday, May 3 through Monday, May 11. Two-way traffic will be maintained at all times. This operation is needed for drainage work.

These closures are 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, if necessary.

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