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Recent severe weather has caused damage to property in Fort Worth, closed Lake Worth and could lead to increased wildlife activity – and according to the National Weather Service, more thunderstorms and high winds could occur Thursday, Friday and Saturday of this week.
The heavy rain caused water levels in Lake Worth to rise. This could mean increased wildlife activity around area lakes, according to the Tarrant Regional Water District website. 
High water in creeks feeding into Lake Worth may also cause portions of some low-lying roadways to become submerged. According to the website, residents may encounter detours on Malaga Drive and Marina Drive at Comanche Trail and at Bomber Road and Shore View Drive.
According to a press release from the Tarrant Regional Water District, Lake Worth was closed to all boating traffic at 5 p.m. Tuesday because the lake level was projected to exceed the 595.5 elevation that evening.
The lake, which is currently at a 595.94 elevation, will remain closed to all boating until the level dips to the 595.0 elevation and continues to demonstrate a decline. Once the water level reaches the 595 elevation, the water will be swept for hazardous debris before it is reopened. There is no projection on when this will occur, according to the release.
The lake is not the only place debris from storms can accumulate.
The city’s Solid Waste Division issued tips for residents on how they can assist with clean-up activities following severe weather:
Excessive storm-based tree limbs and brush collections

  • Cut and stack tree limbs in organized rows or piles starting at the assigned collection point.
  • For weekly collections, tree limbs should be cut shorter than eight feet in length and less than four inches in diameter.
  • Tree limbs larger than 4 inches in diameter or eight feet in length should be stacked separately from small limbs/brush.
  • If the total volume (combined piles) is larger than 10 cubic yards (size of a VW Beetle), residents should request an exception by contacting the City Call Center at 817-392-1234.

Drop-Off Stations

  • The city offers access to three drop-off stations for residents who are City of Fort Worth active residential sanitation customers. Bring a recent water bill, driver’s license or other official ID to prove you’re a residential Solid Waste customer. Residents may use a single axle trailer. No double axle or commercial trailers are allowed.
  • No commercial landscapers or contractors are allowed to use the drop-off stations.

Community/Volunteer organizations

  • There are numerous volunteer community organizations that assist neighborhoods following storms with debris collection. The city asks representatives from these organizations to communicate with Solid Waste through the Call Center to advise us what areas they’re working and how debris can be arranged for collections or access to the drop-off stations.

Garbage, Recycling, Bulk and Yard Waste Collections

  • Depending on storm severity, various collections may get behind or can “slide forward a day” or longer if trucks are delayed due to excess collections.
  • To receive information as soon as possible, download the City of Fort Worth Solid Waste app. If there are collection delays, collection information will be forwarded to residents as quickly as possible.

Missing Carts

  • Residents can call the City Call Center to retrieve their cart numbers and report missing carts. Please wait a couple of days to report them missing as carts usually turn up. The contractor replaces carts within two days so residents will have them before their next collection.

For more information, call the City Call Center or send an email to 1234@FortWorthTexas.Gov.
City representatives did not return a request for comment.