Police in Midlothian are warning residents that the dam on Padera Lake, often referred to as Texas Lake, will soon give way. The chief said he expects it to fail sometime Wednesday morning. When that happens, a flood wave will go down Newton Branch into Cottonwood Creek, along Highway 287.

The highway has been shut down as a precaution. West and northbound traffic is being diverted to Highway 67 and east and southbound traffic is being detoured to Old Fort Worth Road.

There are about 25 homes downstream. Those people were told they may need to evacuate.