Lewisville Lake could overflow its spillway soon, if rains continue. As of this morning, the water level stood at 530.39 feet, a little over a foot and a half shy of hitting the 532 foot height of the lip of the spillway. The US Army Corps of Engineers, which manages the lake and Lake Ray Roberts upstream is currently letting out about 6,400 cubic feet per second (CFS) from the dam’s flood gate. Aside from a couple of brief periods when downstream flooding was a concern, they’ve had the gates open for most of the past three weeks, trying to release water as quickly as they can in a controlled manner.
That release has attracted both onlookers and fishermen to the outlet, which is located deep within the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area (LLELA). But LLELA, which is normally open each Friday through Sunday, will be closed to the general public this weekend due to concerns of public safety. LLELA Education Coordinator Lisa Cole said that last weekend people were climbing way down the rocks that line the river channel near the outlet, and that some people had allowed their kids to swim in the floodwaters. As you can see from the video below, getting too close to the turbulent output is a dangerous proposition. Not all of the LLELA activities are cancelled; some will still be allowed with LLELA staff supervision.
Corps Lake Manager Rob Jordan said he had been very busy dealing with the situation. The Corps coordinated with LLELA on the shutdown. “It attracts a lot of people, and we just want to make sure we’re providing safe opportunities,” said Jordan. The LLELA closure is just the latest in a string of closures of all the most popular points to access the lake. Lake Park in Lewisville is closed due to flood waters, as are Westlake and Oakland parks. “The lake itself is not closed,” said Jordan. “People can still access it in spots; people with boats on the marina can access it, and people can still walk in and fish,” he said. “It attracts a lot of people, and we just want to make sure we’re providing safe opportunities.”
The Keeping Tradition Alive Pipes and Drums Concert, is an annual event that has over time become a large part of Lewisville’s unique cultural landscape. Every year during spring, hundreds of firefighters from across the country gather in Old Town, to provide a Celtic concerto of drums and bagpipes. KTA’s turnout has met expectations every single year, and despite an unfortunate weather forecast, this year was no different.
Without tradition, we would all be exact copies of tissue and water. The traditions passed down from each region of our ancestry, define us as individuals. That importance is one that remains today, on a larger scale which is largely thanks to events such as KTA. By providing the community with an annual cultural event that is free to the public, KTA has lived up to their name.
This year's KTA was held Friday, May 8th. Prior to the event, many were worried about the then approaching storm. LFD had announced earlier that day, processions would still continue as scheduled despite high chance of rainfall, however had moved back the time of the event from 7:00PM to 6:30PM. This year, 100 of honor guard attendees, drummers, and pipers representing 1 of 65 different agencies from around the country gathered to participate in the event, two of which traveled from Washington state and New Hampshire.
An estimated 700 citizens gathered in front of City Hall to witness the concert, despite overcast clouds looming above. Spirits were high as droves of attendees stood in line to partake in the concessions provided by Sonny Bryan’s Smokehouse, whose line was only rivaled by the beer counter they also provided. Also on site were Fletcher’s, providing their widely loved state fair corn dogs and funnel cakes.
Ceremonies kicked off with a 45 minute performance by Dallas area natives The Kildares, providing a fitting blend of Celtic Folk and Rock that set an energetic mood for the evening. Following the dance filled opening, was the main event. The crowd was silent as all 65 present agencies played solemn and regal celtic folk arrangements with impressive skill. The crowd stood still with pleased awe stricken faces as each agency showcased their years of dedication and study of their craft.
Despite a lower estimated attendance than last year due to the weather, KTA 2015 was considered a success. Food and beer sales were brisk, according to event organizers, and overall reception of the event was high. In the end, the event was a perfect last hurrah before a week filled with natural disasters and flooding scares.
Bagpipes and drum corps on the steps of Lewisville City Hall creates goosebumps and giddy smiles for us at LTJ. We love this event, and are proud it happens here in Lewisville. Thank you for this Lewisville Fire Department Pipes and Drums and Lewisville Staff for this incredible experience.The Keeping Tradition Alive jam session is ALWAYS a winning bet for an evening of great family fun and fantastic entertainment. Hope to see you next year!
That was a heck of a storm last night, wasn't it? I think our house shook for 10 seconds on one of those loud thunderclaps.
This morning, the Corps of Engineers turned the spigot way down on releases from the lake, due to heavy rainfall downstream, and waterways already at or over floodstage. As you can see on the radar-based rain map from last night, most of southeastern Denton County got at least an inch of rain.
But Dallas county (downstream) got much more. The flood gauge of concern closest to us is the Elm Fork Trinity near Carrollton. Flood stage there is 8 feet, and this morning it shot up from right at that level to its current 8.98 feet.
The Elm Fork Trinity near SH 121 was flowing near 6,000 CFS last night, and has dropped down near 4,500 CFS so far, losing over 3 feet.
Meanwhile, as you would expect with all this rain, the lake has gone on the rise again, picking up another 2.4 inches since midnight. Ray Roberts Lake has also cut back its releases to 983 CFS.
The forecast today calls for a 40% chance of rain today, and 60% chance tonight. The forecast for the entire week includes rain chances at 30% or better.
The MetroTex Association of Realtors today released Southeast Denton County home sales figures for the month of April. MetroTex President Steve Habgood acknowledged Southeast Denton County’s continued demand for more housing inventory.
“Homeowners in the greater Lewisville area on average can expect strong sale prices to continue as the number of available homes in the area is low and there are a lot of active buyers in the market,” said Habgood. “The housing inventory in Southeast Denton County is estimated to be at 1.7 months.”
Less than six months inventory is considered to be a sellers’ market by the industry.
Other highlights of the MetroTex report include: • The average April sales price in Southeast Denton County was $321,629, an increase of 10% over the same time last year. • Average Days on Market was 33. • The number of available homes on the market in April was 634, compared to 660 in April 2014. • The average price per square foot in Southeast Denton County increased from $107 in April 2014 to $117 in April 2015, reflecting a 9% increase. • There were 400 home sales in April, a 4% increase over last year.
“Southeast Denton County is part of the nation’s most active housing market, and sellers are finding that they are getting very close to asking price when they align with current market data,” said Habgood. “In Southeast Denton County, homes listed with a REALTOR® are fetching 99% of asking price on average.”
MLS data provided in the report was gathered from North Texas Real Estate Information Systems, Inc. (NTREIS).
MetroTex represents more than 15,000 members involved in all aspects of the real estate industry. MetroTex is the largest REALTOR® member association in East Texas representing the entire region. Established in 1917, MetroTex is an advocate for the real estate industry and private property rights. For more information, visit us online at DFWRealEstate.com.
Lewisville is a city that loves it’s food. The relationships the fine citizens of this humble metropolis share with their favorite culinary institutions are ones that are held on equal ground of personal friendships. While local mom and pop establishments are held at higher regard, there are those national and regional chains that also give that personal attention and quality food that people come to expect, Pie Five is one those establishments.
Despite the recent spate of bad weather, spirits were high at this Tuesday’s ribbon cutting for Lewisville’s first Pie Five location. Lewisville Chamber of Commerce President, Ray Hernandez, was the master of ceremony present with staff, chamber board, and City Councilman Leroy Vaughn to induct Pie Five as its newest member.
”We are honored that this business has stepped forward by investing in a leadership position within our community as a member of the Lewisville Area Chamber” Hernandez announced, as his opening statement. “ In less than eight hours, we have had over 3,600 impressions on our Facebook page regarding the event, proving that the excitement of this venture extends beyond this room” added Hernandez.
The sheer looks of enthusiasm and excitement upon all the involved parties during the ribbon cutting, were as genuine as the sun beaming down upon the proceedings, peeking through the previously overcast skyline. “We could not be more excited about the future of business in this area and servicing this community” said Adam Schmidt, National Marketing Manager for Pie Five Pizza Co, following the ceremony.
The good vibes only increased when festivities were moved inside for a celebratory lunch. The small team of dedicated employees worked diligently and with haste, to provide the fresh, line driven custom made-to-order pan pizzas to the excited crowd of chamber members and city officials. After dining on the perfectly cooked personal pies, everyone made their formal goodbyes as a flow of eager and hungry citizens slowly made their way inside to try Lewisville’s latest fast-casual dining experience.
Police Canine Immo Retired On Monday, May 4th, the Lewisville Police Department said goodbye to a valuable member of the department. Canine “Immo” retired after almost six years of service to the department. During his career, he assisted in locating over 5,000 pounds of marihuana, 109 kilos of cocaine, 29 kilos of methamphetamine and over $100,000. He was also responsible for 64 suspect apprehensions. Canine Officer Shane Menz will keep “Immo” as a family pet.
In this photo, Immo went after Asst. Chief Jay Powell's arm, as Officer Menz egged him on for a demonstration for the City Council earlier this year.
Lewisville Storm Not a Tornado A crew surveyed damage from NW Tarrant County into the Grapevine / Lewisville / Southlake areas from the early Sunday morning (May 10th) storms. They have determined straight line winds caused the damage in the Grapevine / Lewisville / Southlake areas with winds up to 85 mph at times. Crews are out surveying Grayson County at this time from the storms Sunday afternoon. - From the National Weather Service
More Rain in the Forecast A flash flood watch is in effect through Wednesday. Any additional rainfall could quickly re-aggravate flooding issues. An interlude with only scattered showers and thunderstorms will follow on Thursday and Friday before widespread showers and thunderstorms return this weekend. Severe weather will be possible Saturday afternoon and evening with heavy rainfall into Sunday. - From the National Weather Service
Lewisville Lake Rise Slows, Corps of Engineers Releases Water Lewisville Lake slowed its rise on Tuesday, and appears to be leveling off around 528.5, as of Tuesday night. This level is about 6.5 feet above conservation pool, and constitutes 59% of the flood pool. If the lake rises to 532 feet, it will begin to flow over the floodway.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District has begun to release water at a controlled rate from the flood pools at Lewisville, Lavon and Ray Roberts Lakes to provide the maximum capacity for flood risk management requirements. Releases from the lakes are made to allow the area to hold flood waters during future flooding events.
“Our lakes and dams are functioning as designed and we will continue to monitor and coordinate with our stakeholders to ensure the safe operation of our projects,” said Fort Worth District Acting Commander, Lt. Col. Clay Morgan.
Current releases from Lewisville Lake are at 3,400 cubic feet per second; Lavon Lake at 4,000 cfs, and Ray Roberts at 2,000 cfs. Releases are carefully monitored and are increased or decreased depending on channel capacity, control point elevations/flow and established flows within operation guidelines. Each flood risk management lake has operations guidelines that establish the conservation and flood pool elevations. The Trinity River Basin reservoir lake levels and corresponding authorized operating pools may be reviewed
Flood Warning for Carrollton Just downstream from Lewisville on the Elm Fork, the National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for Carrollton, where water is expected to crest at 8 feet - right at flood stage, which is expected to make some minor flooding. They believe it will reach that level by Thursday morning at 7 a.m. Various other areas of the Trinity River are flooded downstream of the DFW area as well. We sound like a broken record, but it bears repeating to use caution when traveling near creeks, rivers, and streams that are flooded. When water covers a roadway, turn around and use another route.
Amatuer Radio Association Hosting Antenna Build The Lewisville Amateur Radio Association (LARA) is having a J-Pole antenna build this Saturday at 8 a.m. at LL Woods Park, 1400 Arbour Way, in Lewisville. Cost is $20. For more information about the event, visit this website. LARA’s purpose is to further the exchange of information and cooperation between members, promote the radio "art", help spread the amateur radio hobby to others, and conduct club programs and activities as to advance the general interest and welfare of amateur radio in the community. For more information about the club, visit their website at w5lvc.org, or join them on the W5FKN repeater at 145.170 with a pl tone of 110.9. The group meets each Saturday at 8 a.m. at Tierney’s Cafe and Tavern.
Nightly Rolling Closures of Southbound Interstate35E Entrance and Exit Ramps in Lewisville The southbound I-35E Fox Avenue exit ramp and the FM 1171/Main Street entrance ramp will be closed nightly from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday, May 11 through Saturday, May 16.
Detours are as follows: · 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. · Access to southbound I-35E from FM 1171/Main Street: Traffic will continue south on the frontage road to the I-35E entrance ramp at Fox Avenue.
Republicans to Discuss Net Neutrality The controversial subject of net neutrality will be the topic of the Thursday, May 21, 2015 monthly meeting of the Denton County Republican Party. Tom Giovanetti, President of the Lewisville-based Institute for Policy Innovation will be the keynote speaker. Giovanetti advocates against government regulation of network neutrality.
The DCRP meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. at the Denton County Elections Administration office located at 701 Kimberly Drive, Suite A101, Denton, TX 76208.
Democrats to Host Afternoon Tea The Denton County Democratic Party will host an Afternoon Tea with Democrats on Saturday May 30th at 4 p.m. at The Chestnut Tree in Denton, located on the Denton Square. Afternoon Tea will be served with multiple courses of desserts. Reservations are available by mail or in person at the DCDP office: 1421 N. Elm St., Denton, TX 76201, and should be made by May 27th. Tickets start at $35, and can also be purchased online.
PediPlace Offering Free Sports Physicals Saturday PediPlace kids health clinic is offering free sports physicals for kids on Saturday, May 16th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. They are located at 502 S. Old Orchard Ln., #126, Lewisville. For more information, call 972-436-7962 or visit their website.
Group Pondering Plans for 50th Anniversary of Texas International Pop Fest A group of Lewisville residents calling themselves “Deja Two” is interested in planning for the 2019 celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Texas International Pop Festival, which was held in Lewisville on Labor Day in 1969. The group has discussed putting on a festival of its own somewhere in Lewisville, and is seeking interested individuals who might be willing to help plan, promote, and execute such an event. For more information, please contact Jack Ablon at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 972-459-1166.
As severe weather including tornadoes, heavy rainfall, thunderstorms and flooding continue across areas of Texas, Governor Greg Abbott today declared a state of disaster in Bosque, Clay, Denton, Eastland, Gaines, Montague and Van Zandt counties, authorizing further mobilization of state resources to assist impacted communities. Additional counties may be added to the declaration as the situation develops. The Governor’s declaration follows an elevated activation of the Texas State Operations Center (SOC) to enable rapid deployment of state resources announced on Friday, May 4th.
“Severe storms continue to impact areas across the State of Texas and I strongly urge everyone to take all possible precautions to ensure their safety. Declaring a state of disaster in these counties will enable Texas to activate state resources to help affected communities as efficiently and effectively as possible,” said Governor Abbott. “Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have lost their lives, their families and all of our affected communities. I want to thank the first responders who are working tirelessly to provide shelter, care and resources to impacted areas.”
Current forecasts indicate the continuation of possible severe thunderstorms, large hail, damaging winds, flash flooding, river flooding and tornadoes across the state throughout the week. The SOC – in coordination with the Texas Emergency Management Council – is continuing to monitor weather conditions and coordinate with the National Weather Service.
Texans are encouraged to follow these safety tips during this weather event:
High water levels at Lewisville Lake, and the expectation of more rain this week, have forced the temporary closure of day use areas at Lewisville Lake Park until further notice.
This temporary closure includes the swimming beach, picnic areas, playground and boat ramps at Lake Park, and the boat ramp at Tower Bay. The athletic fields, golf course, campground and fishing barge at Lake Park are not being closed at this time.
The closure is expected to last at least several weeks until the lake level has lowered and any needed repairs can be made to Lewisville Lake Park.
The picture at right was taken Monday, after Lewisville Lake water level had just passed 527.5 feet. As of 8:30 p.m. on Monday night, the lake had risen to 527.83 feet.
Creekside Elementary School on the corner of Valley View and Edmonds was on lock-down briefly this afternoon when a teacher saw someone in the wooded area behind the school carrying a rifle, but that lock-down has ended after police detained a suspect on the Timber Creek Trail in Central Park on the east side of Edmonds with a pellet gun.
LPD Captain Kevin Deaver said there was no arrest at this time, and that the person did not appear to be hiding or evading police in any way. They did not think it was a threat to the school.
Deaver said it was not a crime to carry a pellet gun in the City of Lewisville, but that discharging one across property lines, city streets or alleys, or on property that the person does not own would be unlawful.
One witness who was in the area when police showed up, said that the officers responding to the call had their patrol rifles locked and loaded. Thankfully this ended without them having to be used.
Mill Street Diner owner Tommy Perrigo was at the restaurant early Sunday morning with employee Steve Bell, getting ready to open for breakfast, when he heard a loud noise out back and went to check on it. Nearly as soon as he opened the back door, the tornado - or whatever it was - knocked over his back fence, and pushed him back into his restaurant. He said it was so dark that he couldn’t see the sky, and he could just see a mass of debris flying about and at him. Sheet metal from nearby roofs was flying over as he took cover in the restaurant. By the time the winds died down, two nearby automotive shops had been destroyed, and the sheet metal roofing material from those and a nearby welding shop had blown into the diner’s parking lot, across Mill Street, and even as far as several blocks away. Along the way, they wrapped around power lines and brought some down into the street.
In the parking lot, a customer was in his truck when one of the sheet metal pieces smashed through his back window, narrowly missing his head. A resident on High School drive awoke to the noise of a tree smashing through the window of his house.
Blocks away, David Scott sat waiting in his dump truck, parked on the east side of Willow street, right in the path of the storm. He believes it was a tornado, and says he saw two lowerings. He said he saw a small tail swinging around, and popping up and down. Interestingly, Scott says that the lowerings he saw were moving from east to west. Throughout the swath of damage, the trees, signs and fences knocked over all fell to the east, northeast, or north-facing directions.
The National Weather Service had issued a tornado warning at 6:41 a.m. Sunday morning, after radar detected rotation in the storm. About 6:45 a.m., the fast-moving storm began its narrow path of destruction along an arc starting roughly by I-35 and Fox Avenue, passing through Old Town, and ending up down by the Lewisville Landfill. The City of Lewisville activated emergency sirens, and sent alert phone calls to residents to take cover.
The diner’s shingles were partially stripped from the back side of the restaurant, and a piece of wood could be seen protruding from where it impaled the roof. A hole was knocked in the side of the restaurant from some object that struck it. And the diner’s brand new sign was destroyed. The electric panel on the back of the restaurant had been peeled away from the building. Even when power is restored to the neighborhood, the restaurant will not be able to have its power restored without an electrician inspecting and repairing the damage. There were leaks in the kitchen, thanks to the newly-denuded roof.