“The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) manages the water level of Lake Lavon based on long standing flood control procedures. Lake Lavon is first a flood control reservoir. Due to recent rains, Lake Lavon is now above the normal conservation pool of 492 feet msl and is now in what is considered the flood pool, which is when the reservoir level is above 492 msl. Runoff from recent rains is continuing to flow into Lavon, and USACE will release water as needed to protect lives and property. Releases will not occur when levels return to the normal conservation pool of 492 feet msl.
“Officials with NTMWD are monitoring the inflow of rain runoff into Lakes Lavon and Jim Chapman, water supplies utilized by NTMWD, and will also review short-term forecasts and other data to determine if the current water management measures can be relaxed while still planning for the long-term needs of its consumers. It is important to note that due to the zebra mussel infestation, NTMWD still cannot pump from Lake Texoma which normally provides 28% of the total water supply for the district.”