VIDEO=> Leaking Midlothian Dam Near Dallas Begins to Breach

A leaking dam near Dallas is starting to breach.
Water is flowing over the top of the Midlothian, Texas dam.

Texas officials have told downstream residents to evacuate.
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CBS Local reported:


Officials in Midlothian are concerned that a dam might break. This is happening at Padera Lake, located along Highway 287, just north of the city.

Ellis County emergency management coordinator Stephanie Parker stated that the recent rain has created a leak in the dam, and water is now flowing over the top.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture notified the Midlothian Police Department of the impending failure on Wednesday morning. Capt. John Spann said that the earthen dam had been in the process of being rebuilt for over a year.

The lake level does not appear to be rising anymore.

Due to the possible break, the National Weather Service issued a Flash Flood Warning for northwestern Ellis County on Wednesday morning.

Residents who live in 25 homes located downstream from the lake have been told to evacuate on Wednesday. However, according to Parker, the situation is under control and the water flow is not dangerous. The homes that would be most impacted by the dam break are located in Grand Prairie, not Midlothian, Spann added.

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