Lake is drained – level 3

06-07-2015 07:00

So what do you do when the water in your lake just gets a bit too high? Well, you drain it like a bathtub, obviously! That’s exactly what happened at Lake Texoma on the border between Texas and Oklahoma in early June after flooding caused the water level to rise.

This amazing video posted to social media was captured by Edward Johnson and shows the water draining out of the man-made lake much like it would from a bathtub. According to Johnson, the vortex formed as the water escaped, and was approximately 8 feet (2.4 metres) across, incapable of sucking in a full-sized boat.

Lake Texoma is one of the largest artificial lakes in the United States, and is used to control floods, generate hydroelectric power and regulate river flows.

And now, they can add “make awesome vortexes” to that list.

Difficult words: drain (to make water run out), vortex (a mass of water that spins quickly and pulls things into its centre), hydroelectric (electricity from water), regulate (to control), artificial (man-made).



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