Residents fear flooding near Amon G. Carter Lake

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The heavy rains over the last few days have caused Amon G. Carter Lake levels to rise so high officials have closed the lake.

A lot of the docks near the lake are either completely underwater or close to it, but the people who live right on the lake are not the only ones at Amon Carter Lake having issues caused by all of the rain.

Kristeen Hamilton bought a house near the lake about a month and a half ago. 

“I saw this was on a high level and I wouldn’t have to worry about the lake flooding up into my house. I just need to worry about a torrential downpour making a river on my property,” Hamilton said.

And it was all of that rain that caused her house to flood.

“All the different veins coming from the top of my property merged together and rushed into a natural gutter that had been cemented, but it was too shallow to accommodate all the water. So it pushed it into my house,” Hamilton said.

Luckily for Hamilton, the damage was not extensive

“It was just the one room and I was able to quickly get that taken care of,” Hamilton said. “I had to quickly get all the boxes moved out and my antique mantel and furniture and things like that  and fortunately it didn’t go any further.”

Till Timmons has lived at the lake for four years and has been going there most of her life and doesn’t remember seeing the lake rise like this before.

“I’ve never seen the lake this big, this full,” Timmons said. “I have definitely seen it rise and I’ve seen some of the walkways out to the boat ramps being covered. There are only two out there that aren’t covered now.”

With the continued rainy weather, the lake levels might not be done rising yet.

“I think it will,” Timmons said. “I can tell a difference from yesterday and today when I walked down there.”

For those who live right on the lake, the water would have to rise a little more before it reaches their houses, but for some who lived up the hill, the cleanup from the rain is just beginning.

Hamilton was not the only person who lives on a hill near the lake that had drainage issues, another resident said they have had problems almost every time there are heavy rains for some time now.

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