Giant swirling vortex at Lake Texoma could suck in a full-sized boat

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DENISON, Tx. – 2015 has been a historic year for Lake Texoma. The lake has reached the highest elevation in its history.

Earlier this month a vortex approximately 8 feet in diameter opened up on Lake Texoma while water entered the Denison Dam spillway.

The Tulsa District US Army Corps of Engineers says this is a normal occurrence when flood waters are released from the reservoir via flood control gates.

“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.

Officials say the vortex is capable of sucking in a full-sized boat.

 

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