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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Lake levels rise more than a foot

  • With recent rains causing trouble for many locals with flooding issues, they have been a boon for lakes, with levels increasing by more than a foot.
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  • With recent rains causing trouble for many locals with flooding issues, they have been a boon for lakes, with levels increasing by more than a foot.
     
    Shawnee Twin Lakes increased nearly a foot and a half in less than 24 hours. This puts the lake at nearly two and a half feet above voluntary rationing levels.
     
    Wes Watkins Reservoir increased more than a foot in the same time frame. Tecumseh Lake also rose a foot.
     
    While the rains came as a blessing for those concerned about low lake levels, they came with a headache for the Shawnee Traffic Department.
     
    Twelve signalized intersections went out Wednesday night due to the weather, and 10 were fixed Thursday, City Engineer John Krywicki said.
     
    The stop light at Wallace and Harrison Streets is in flash mode, meaning only the red light flashes, and the light at 45th Street and Highway 177 is out. A stop sign has been placed there, Krywicki said.
     
    He added that both of these lights should be fixed Friday.
     
    Several streets experienced flooding Wednesday night, including the MacArthur tunnel, but most were open to traffic Thursday.
     
    Leo Street, near the Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center, will be closed until further notice due to a broken culvert, which allows water to drain out of the area, Krywicki said.
     

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