Area playa lake system holding up after rainfall

The City of Amarillo is making sure the drainage at each of its playa lakes is working efficiently.

AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) -As areas of town receive heavy rainfall, the City of Amarillo is making sure the drainage at each of its playa lakes is working efficiently.

Much of the Panhandle has had more than a couple of inches of rainfall recently, causing some worry that the playa lakes might overflow.

The City of Amarillo says they are constantly monitoring the playa lakes to make sure they can handle all of the storm water.

“We’re currently pumping at our lakes right now, anticipating the next round of storms," explains Assistant Director of Public Works Donny Hooper. "We even know there is a chance of rain in the forecast for this evening and on to the weekend. So, we are pumping those now, between the storms. We can handle a very significant amount of rain that would come our way.”

As of right now lakes are at 50 percent capacity on average and if it were to continue to rain, the city maintains they would be prepared.

“We’re still in a very active pattern, rain is in the forecast again tomorrow. We might take a little break Sunday, but Sunday night and Monday we will be tracking thunderstorms. So, if all goes well, we’re going to hold this surplus and build on it," says Chief Meteorologist Doppler Dave Oliver.

The city stays active watching the forecasts to stay ahead and to be able to manage everything before the storm comes.

“None of the storms that seem to be on the horizon are that big ’100 year flood’ that we would anticipate not being able to handle so well, but we can handle a significant amount of rain at this point in time in our playa lakes," says Hooper.

The city says the Panhandle is flat and drainage is always a challenge, but they have a good system in place and can handle the capacity.

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