Residents Worried About Padera Lake Dam

Residents Worried About Padera Lake Dam
Hartwell Dam Spillway Release – July 9, 2013 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District / Flickr CC BY 2.0

The Padera Lake dam has become a matter of great concern for nearby residents. Water overflowing from the dam has caused alarm.


The residents are highly worried about the critical situation but Ellis County engineers assured them that the dam will hold. But those living downstream have a different overview.

“I don’t put a lot of trust in what people say. I go by what I see,” said Cobina Post, a resident.

Post could see a cove spilling over her farm hours after county officials cautioned the dam could fall down.

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“They were acting like the whole thing was just going to give way and a 25 foot wall was going to come down of water.”

Early Wednesday morning police went to every house and warned them to vacant the place.

“She came knocking – hollering – you got to evacuate – the dam is going to break,” said Lois Ashley.

Following the warning, the Ashleys left but planned to return to their home no matter the consequence.

“Now we have electricity, a refrigerator stocked,” said Ashley.

County officials said that flood risk in the area is minimal, but the biggest concern is that the occupants are trapped in the flooded roads.

But city engineers who examined the dam said it is more stable than what was predicted. By noon, engineers built a relief channel to drain out water from behind the dam.

“We are confident that we’ll be able to keep lake levels down with that relief that emergency relief channel they created,” said Midlothian Police Chief Carl Smith. “They’re going to monitor that all through the night like they have been doing.”