Rain Brings High Waters and Safety Issues to Area Lakes
By Kim Jackson
If you plan to go near a river or a lake, be careful. Water levels are high, even here in Tulsa around the Arkansas River, thanks to the rain.And some areas of green country have seen flooding, near Keystone Lake. The state park has some areas are closed off---because the water levels are higher and more dangerous than campers or fishermen may think.We found fishermen standing on a walkway that is covered in water on the edge of the Keystone Dam. They were only feet away from rushing water because of rain, from our area and waters from as far away as Kansas.The dam is part of a water way system and can only release so much water. The Keystone Lake is 10-feet higher than the norm and that has created flooding issues in campsite areas.The water in the lake is full and contains hidden dangers like debris. But this is all part of the effort to control flooding from other areas, like Tulsa.Near the dam, the water is furious. One fishermen had to watch his own footing as struggled to catch a paddlefish caught up in the strong flow of the water."We've had a lot of the public coming down to look at the water, released. We ask them to keep their hand on their child, don't let them near this turbulent water," explained William Jeffrey of the Corps of Engineers.So when will the water let up? That depends on rain. The Keystone Dam expects to crest at about a foot higher on Wednesday, but more rain could make a difference.
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