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Arcadia Lake near Edmond is 10.5 feet above normal

Arcadia Lake near Edmond is closed indefinitely. The water level is far above normal after Friday night's storms.
by Diana Baldwin Modified: June 3, 2013 at 10:30 pm •  Published: June 4, 2013
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A pop-up camper was submerged in the water after the owner failed to get it out of a Central State Park campground as Arcadia Lake flowed over its banks following Friday's storms.

Arcadia Lake is closed indefinitely during one of the busiest months of the summer season. The lake was 10.5 feet above normal Monday.

Campers were evacuated from lake parks after up to 10 inches of rain fell in Oklahoma City, upstream from Arcadia Lake. Officials recorded 4¾ inches of rain at the lake Friday.

“I talked to the corps (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers) earlier and they said not to anticipate any water will be released until the end of the week,” said Leon Mixer, Arcadia Lake superintendent.

Water in Arcadia Lake originates in central Oklahoma City, and the lake functions as a flood control reservoir for the Deep Fork River Basin. Water flows generally east into Lake Eufaula, where it joins with the North Canadian River to flow farther south, eventually ending in the Gulf of Mexico.

The 3,820-acre lake was constructed as a cooperative effort between the city of Edmond and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and opened in 1987.

This is the third time in six years Arcadia Lake parks have been closed because of floodwater.

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by Diana Baldwin
Sr. Reporter
Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976 and came to The Oklahoman in 1991. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote...
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