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Storm rips into marina at Eagle Mountain Lake

A storm caused significant damage to the Eagle Mountain Marina on Sunday night, according to the Tarrant Regional Water District.

About 9:15 p.m. Sunday, heavy winds shifted the dock system, stacking docks up against each other.

No lives were threatened and no environmental hazards resulted for Eagle Mountain Lake. One person who was at the marina suffered a gash on his leg but wasn’t seriously injured, said Victoria Bailey, TRWD’s emergency management coordinator.

Following the storm, the fuel supply and electricity were shut off to the marina. Most of the boats sustained some kind of damage, but all stayed afloat, Bailey said.

TRWD owns Eagle Mountain Lake, which is on the northwest side of Fort Worth, but the marina is operated by Dallas-based Suntex Marinas. Suntex officials couldn’t be reached for comment Monday.

Security for the marina was turned back over to Suntex on Monday morning and the company was keeping unauthorized traffic out of the damaged area.

Strong winds also inflicted damage at Augie’s Sunset Cafe and Marina on the other side of the spillway.

“We had a boat slam into our dock,” said an Augie’s employee who declined to give her name.

The closest weather station at Meacham International Airport in north Fort Worth recorded a 69 mph wind gust Sunday night, which was the highest in Tarrant County. The National Weather Service said strong wind gusts were recorded across the western half of Tarrant County as the storms moved in.

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