NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas (WVLT/CNN) -- According to a report from CBS News, water levels in a Texas lake were steadily decreasing on Tuesday after a spillway gate failure caused water to drain.
The Guadalupe Blanco River Authority released a video showing the moment the gate failed.
Officials said they expected Lake Dunlap to be empty by the end of the day on Tuesday.
Resident in the lakefront community and are devastated at the thought of losing their favorite summer oasis. Like Brooklyn Caffey, who has been coming to Lake Dunlap since she was a little girl.
“My favorite thing was when the boats or Sea-doos would pass by we would jump in on the waves,” she said.
Lake Dunlap, once a vacation spot in their own backyard, is now slowly draining away. “It’s a little depressing, looking at it now,” said Caffey’s grandmother, Karen Storch.
The gates that failed are over 90-years-old officials said.
Neighbors along the lake are concerned about the long-term impact of losing the lake.
“It’s going to be tremendous,” said Kay Ku, who has lived lakeside for over a decade. “Our economy in New Braunfels depends on the water trade.”
Ku said she still cannot believe the damage it’s caused. “I feel sad that the water is going to disappear for a long time,” she said.
All of these neighbors said they’re heartbroken about how fast their paradise was swept away.
“I’ve never seen it this low. They lower it sometimes to clean it out, but this is really amazing,” said Storch.