The Edmond Sun

June 17, 2013

Arcadia Lake nears reopening for summer season

Mark Schlachtenhaufen
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — Work on reclaiming Arcadia Lake has been ongoing since high water forced its closure earlier this month.

Monday morning, evidence showing park staff have been working hard toward reopening the lake was abundant in Spring Creek Park. Grass had been mowed and most of the visible debris left by receding water had been removed from the shoreline.

The parks remain closed. The city expects them to reopen sometime this week.

On May 31, portions of central Oklahoma were walloped by storms that produced tornadoes and heavy rain that caused flash flooding. Water in creeks, rivers and Arcadia Lake flooded low lying areas, causing chaotic scenes across the metro.

On June 3, the lake level was 10.5 feet higher than normal at an elevation of 1,016.5 feet. On Monday, it was at 1011.62 feet, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Reservoir release was 1,234 cubic feet per second. The lake’s primary function is flood control.

Water release paused while first responders searched for a drowning victim last week along the Deep Fork River, which is downstream from the lake.

Water flooded roadways and camp sites in the four public parks and made docks inaccessible. All areas at Central State Park, Edmond Park, Scissortail Campground and Spring Creek Park are closed until the water recedes to safer levels, officials said. | 341-2121, ext. 108