The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reopens Lewisville Lake to boaters June 5
FORT WORTH, Texas - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Fort Worth District, after careful consideration of current and forecasted Lewisville Lake levels, will reopen Lewisville Lake to boat traffic on June 5.
The closure was a result of inflows created by heavy rainfall with resulting increases in lake elevation. In the early morning hours of Sunday, May 31, Lewisville Lake recorded a new pool of record at 537.02 feet.
Under those conditions, wakes created by boaters could have potentially flooded homes and damaged property adjacent to the elevated shoreline. Additionally, debris and underwater obstructions created hazardous conditions so all persons around the lake were urged to stay aware of changing conditions.
"We thank those who did not use their boats during the temporary closing of boating at Lewisville Lake. We know that there were impacts to business interests and others and want to ensure all that the decision to close the lake to boating was necessary to ensure the public's safety," said Lt. Col. Clay Morgan, acting commander, Fort Worth District.
The Corps recommends boaters conduct a personal safety risk assessment before resuming boating activities. Some areas of consideration include: potential of snakes and fire ants moving in the water, debris and other recreational equipment/facilities just below the water surface, use of all personal protective equipment to include a U.S. Coast Guard approved life vest and navigation avoidance of intake/spillway operations.
Lewisville Police are searching for a suspect they say robbed Asian Mart grocery store at 125 Bellaire Blvd. Thursday morning at 11:40. A white male subject with a handgun was able to rob a cash register at the business, escaping with an unspecified amount of cash.
Witnesses got the plate number and description of the suspect's vehicle, which is an older (1990's model) Lexus 4-door, license plate FSN-1075. Police believe that there may have been other suspects involved in this robbery.
If you have any information regarding this crime please call the Lewisville Police Department at (972) 219-3620 or the TIPS line at (972) 219-TIPS (8477). Anyone with a cell phone may also send an anonymous tip by texting “TipLPD” and their message to 847411.
The suspect is considered armed and dangerous. Citizens should not attempt to apprehend him, but should instead call police if they know of his whereabouts.
Lewisville Police have Daquaviar Montrelle Coleman, 23, in custody after a shooting overnight at Park Timbers Apartments, 1902 S. State Hwy. 121 Business. Lewisville Police Captain Dan Rochelle said that about 21 separate 911 calls came in Wednesday night around 11:05 p.m.. Callers advised of shots fired near building 1 or 3 at the complex. There were no injuries reported, but one car was damaged. Rochelle says the suspect is not fully cooperating with police with regards to who he was shooting at, or why. Police did find 9 mm shell casings near building 4, according to radio traffic recordings. They arrested Coleman in the complex. Police did briefly detain some individuals in a white SUV that was originally believed to be involved in the shooting, but Rochelle says police determined they were not involved.
Rochelle says that police believe Coleman is a resident of the complex, but he was not certain whether Coleman was a gang member, or if the shooting was gang-related. Coleman is held on charges of Deadly Conduct - Discharge of a Firearm, Possession of a Pg. 3 Controlled Substance, Possession of Marijuana, as well as Speeding and No Drivers License charges that may have been prior warrants. As of 10:30 this morning, when we spoke to Rochelle, Coleman had not yet been arraigned.
Waste Management’s DFW Landfill (a.k.a. Mt. Lewisville) remains closed for now due to continuing flooding from an overflowing Elm Fork Trinity River. This flooding makes the main road in too hazardous for garbage trucks to navigate.
Today, I joined landfill manager Johnny Smith and Waste Management Public Affairs Manager Greta Calvery at the landfill to get a closer look at the situation. Johnny drove us past the security guard posted at Corporate and Railroad Street, and into the facility’s landfill gas recovery plant parking lot. The white water was running across the main concrete driveway there at about 1-2 feet, which his very large pickup truck easily navigated. But a couple days prior, a passenger van they were trying to drive out was picked up by the current, turned around, and driven into a fence. Calvery had sent us a picture of this van yesterday, with water nearly up to the driver’s window. Further down, the driveway crosses a bridge of sorts, over a Corps of Engineers easement, intended to carry flood waters like this.
Smith says the fear is that the deeper, stronger currents in that area could carry a vehicle off the edge. So, with nearby Camelot landfill also closed due to flooding, waste from local routes has been carried to Ferris or Sherman - both quite a distance from Lewisville - at least a two hour round trip by our calculations. Calvery said she had been working late the night before, picking up crews in Ferris - where many of the garbage trucks stayed overnight - to bring them back.
The waste pile itself is protected from the flood waters, with a levee around the perimeter. The only water inside that, Smith says, came from the rain that was almost non-stop over the past few weeks. But just because the landfill can’t accept garbage at the moment does not mean activity is stopped.