An 8-foot gigantic vortex in Lake Texoma is scaring people as it continues to swirl from the water’s surface into a seemingly infinite location underwater. The Tulsa District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said the vortex is capable of sucking in a full-sized boat.
People are highly advised to heed all safety bouys and caution signs places in the location.
Vortex is a normal occurrence
The vortex is created as water enters the Denison Dam spillway on Lake Texoma. As frightening as it may look – something out of a science fiction or doomsday film – Tulsa District US Amy Corps of Engineers said the vortex is a normal occurrence. The rapid and gigantic swirling motion occurs when flood waters are released from the reservoir via flood control gates.
Simply put, the flood water in Lake Texoma is being drained, hence the vortex.
“Just like in your house when you fill a bathtub full of water and [open] the drain, it will develop a vortex or whirlpool,” BJ Parkey, assistant lake manager at Lake Texoma, told Business Insider.
Parkey explained that one of the largest reservoirs in the U.S., the Lake Texoma is located on the border of Oklahoma and Texas. It is formed by the accumulated water from Denison Dam and on the Red River. In recent weeks, the water levels at the region get too high and the Army Corps saw it pertinent to open floodgates at the bottom of the lake to drain the water into the river.
“The flowing water creates cyclonic action, much like a tornado, which is widest at the top and tapers down at its tip,” Parkey told Business Insider.
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