EUFAULA, Okla. – As the Sooner State continues to see rain, many boaters are being forced to change their plans for Memorial Day weekend.
After being in a drought for several years, many of the state’s lakes are filling up with water.
However, the water is coming at such a fast pace that it is also causing problems at some of those lakes.
Lake Eufaula is 14 feet above normal, causing officials to close about half of the camps sites, recreation areas and fishing spots.
Officials at the lake say visitors should use extreme caution.
Eufaula isn’t the only place experiencing flooding.
Lake Thunderbird is back open as of Saturday, May 31. Reports are unclear about whether all boat ramps are back open, but the lake is confirmed open.
Arcadia Lake is limited due to flooding. As of Sunday afternoon, lake levels were approximately eleven feet above normal water elevation.
Beaches, boat ramps, docks, and all trails are off limits, and no new campers are allowed in the area. . General day-use and sightseeing is not allowed at this time.
The only usage exceptions at this time are current campers in the parks, fishing at the Edmond Park boat ramp and fishing at Spring Creek Park Area A, according to a press release from the City of Edmond.
The following areas will be closed at Lake Texoma this weekend:
- East Burns Run – Completely closed.
- East Burns Run Day Use Area – Completely closed.
- West Burns Run – Completely closed.
- West Burns Run Day Use Area – Completely closed.
- Lakeside – Completely closed.
- Caney Creek – Completely closed.
- Juniper East – Completely closed.
- Juniper West – 100 percent open.
- Platter Flats – 30 percent open with limited campsites, water, electric service and waterborne restrooms. No boat ramp available.
- Johnson Creek – 50 percent open with limited campsites, water, electric service and waterborne restrooms. No boat ramps available.
- Buncombe Creek – 30 percent open with limited campsites, water, electric service. No waterborne restrooms available. No boat ramp available.
- Preston Bend – 30 percent open with limited campsites, water available.
According to the Durant Democrat, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers predicts that the lake water will reach the spillway on Monday.
Water is now covering parking lots and engulfing buildings, ramps and camping spots.
In a matter of two weeks the lake has risen about 17 feet and has forced park rangers to close off parts of the park.
Other locations closed this weekend are as follows:
- All parks – All parks and boat ramps on Pine Creek Lake are currently closed due to flooding.
- All parks – All parks are closed on Hugo Lake due to flooding.
- Sawyer Bluff – One boat ramp is open.
- Frazier Point – One boat ramp is open.
Reed Timmer captured video of flooding from the Red River near Gainesville, Texas and Thackerville, Oklahoma.
On Friday, the Mesonet rainfall totals were released for cities across the state.
Currently, some cities have already received more rain in 2015 than they did the entire year of 2014.
In May, Ardmore has already received over 14 inches of rain, Burneyville totaled 13.8 inches of rain and Eufaula received 15 inches.
So far this month, Norman has received 17 inches of rain, boosting the rain total to date to 25 inches, which is 3 inches more than it received last year.