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.