Lake Belton water release

Water was being released from Lake Belton Thursday, as shown from the spillway near Miller Park. The lake was at 602.54 above sea level, eight feet above its normal level.

BELTON — Water continued to be released from Bell County lakes Friday, according to the U.S. Corps of Army Engineers.

Lake Belton was at 604.72 feet above sea level Friday — more than 10 feet above what is considered its normal level. About 3,503 cubic feet of water per second was being released Friday from Lake Belton into the Leon River. That increased from the 3,470 cubic feet of water per second released on Thursday.

Stillhouse Hollow Lake was at 629.76 feet above sea level, nearly eight feet above its normal elevation. Stillhouse began releasing water on Friday. About 1,516 cubic feet of water per second was being released from Stillhouse into the Lampasas River.

A spokesman told the Telegram that the Corps is coordinating the release of water for dozens of area lakes to minimize the impact downstream.

Water released from Proctor Lake in Comanche County — about 100 miles northwest of Temple — has contributed to Lake Belton flooding in previous years.

Proctor Lake is located on the Leon River, which flows into Lake Belton.

The Corps started releasing water Thursday night from the Lake Proctor after the lake rose above its normal elevation of 1162 feet above sea level Friday. The lake was at 1,165.44 feet above sea level Friday.

About 1,100 cubic feet of water per second was being released into the Leon River near Gatesville.

 “We have numerous closures at high water crossings and I have a report of water on FM 116 (north /south hwy. to Gatesville),” Robert Harrell, emergency management coordinator for Coryell County, told FME News Service.

A woman was pulled to safety late Friday afternoon after attempting to navigate a low-water crossing on Bald Knob Road off FM 116 and becoming stranded, according to reports.

“The best advice I can give is for folks to avoid driving especially during the hours of darkness,” Harrell said.