Even though the lake has not reached 176 feet, the level is still high enough that the wind sometimes blows water over the walls of the emergency spillway. Officials with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers say a massive flow of water over the spillway would most likely damage or wash Recreational Road 255 away.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Lake Sam Rayburn continues to keep a close eye on the level of Sam Rayburn Reservoir as rains fall across East Texas.

The water level remains steady as the dam continues to run both hydroelectric generators and keep flood gates open 24 hours a day, seven days a week until further notice.

On Saturday evening the level was at 174.98 after being at 175.11 earlier in the day.

Operators of the Sam Rayburn Dam say the tipping point is when the lake level reaches 176 feet and water begins to flow over the emergency spillway on the southwest side of the lake; something the Corps of Engineers is trying to avoid.