Lake Mexia residents given volunteer evacuation notice
By Timothy J. O’Malley
Residents of Lake Mexia were given notice, by Limestone Emergency Management, a volunteer evacuation on April 11, due to the recent rains around the area.
Lake Mexia residents Alena and Luis Guzman were aware of the volunteer evacuation and decided to stay behind. They have four children, Asa Isaac, Braxtyn and Emmarie.
Alena said, “We have stayed for every flood due to the fact that we have a two story. The water will never get that high. We had to move our six chickens in the house for the night too because their coop was under water. That was hectic.”
With nearly 3.5 inches of rain reported at Lake Mexia, that fell Monday night into the following day, more than 120 homes were impacted with flooding.
The lake, which normal levels sits at 448.33 feet, peaked at 454.02 feet at 11:15 p.m. that night.
“We have lived here for a little over two years now,” said Alena. “This will be our fifth flood since we have lived here, and this is the highest the water level we have witnessed.”
As of the date of this report, April 12 at 9:15 a.m., the levels of the lake have tapered to 452.5 feet.
Alena said, “Water is slowly receding and we are now in the cleaning process.”
Last year in March the lake reached a level of 454.72 feet, the highest level since 1991.