When Lake Texoma needs its water levels lowered, the Army Corps of Engineers has a pretty efficient solution: pull the drain plug.
Historic rains have flooded the area over the course of the last few weeks, causing flooding and damage—so authorities decided to open the floodgates at the bottom of the lake. The result is a bathtub-like whirlpool that looks like something out of a summer blockbuster. The Tulsa District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers shot a video of the vortex and put it on YouTube, which has almost a million views at the time of this post.
At the beginning of the drainage, the vortex was 8 feet wide and powerful enough that it could have sucked an entire boat in. While it’s only 2 to 3 feet wide now, officials marked the area with buoys to signal that it’s off limits to boaters.
The water is draining into a river and will likely continue to do so until the end of July, when authorities estimate the lake will have returned to normal water levels. Until then, it’s quite a sight to behold.