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Lake Texoma News and Notices

Corps facilities at Lake Texoma are ready for summer.
Monday, May 23, 2016

After enduring three floods in the past 11 months the Corps facilities at Lake Texoma have seen their share of water.  Working through the flood damages has been a top priority mission for project staff.  This has resulted in the majority of facilities being up, running, and ready for summer.

Visitors coming to at Lake Texoma over Memorial Day weekend will find few inconveniences.  With the exception of Preston Bend campground, all parks are fully open.  Preston Bend will remain closed during summer 2016 due to extensive flood damages.  Project managers expect to have it open next year.

 
Oklahoma State Highway 199 crossing Washita River near Cumberland Cut now open
Monday, April 25, 2016

Oklahoma SH199 crossing Cumberland Cut is now open.  A levee had breached during summer 2015 when record-setting flows in the Washita River overtopped the structure.  This caused the roadway to become inundated resulting in closure.  However, repair of the breach was one of the Corp's priority missions and through these efforts, and those of our partners, passage of through traffic has been restored.

The Cumberland levees were constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to protect a historic oil and gas exploration and production area known as the Cumberland Field.  Washita River flows are now diverted around Cumberland Field and into Lake Texoma through a man-made channel known as Cumberland Cut.  The original Washita River channel and its SH199 bridge crossing remains within the protected area.  

 
Lake Texoma moratorium on shoreline management use requests to end
Monday, December 28, 2015

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Tulsa District announced  that effective July 1, 2014 the moratorium on shoreline management use requests at Lake Texoma will end.

The Texoma Lake Office will first process boat dock applications already in the database in the order originally received. It is unknown how long it may take to clear the backlog, so the Lake Office will let the public know when this phase is nearly complete and when they will begin accepting new construction applications for coves with available space, on a first-come first-served basis.

The moratorium went into effect May 8, 2009 when the Corps received numerous applications following the heavy flooding of 2007 that damaged or destroyed many facilities and campgrounds. Given the workload, staffing limitations at that time, and several other projects, the Corps implemented the moratorium.

For additional information, please contact Josh Wingfield at 903-465-4990 (extension 7811) or Jeremy Harvey (extension 7809) or visit the Lake Texoma webpage at: http://www.swt.usace.army.mil/Locations/TulsaDistrictLakes/Oklahoma/LakeTexoma.aspx

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