City: Trinity River Will Crest Between the Levees, But Downstream Flooding Could Occur

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Jim Schutze
On the other side is a fresh-off-the-virtual-presses press release from the city warning that by early tomorrow morning, there's a pretty decent chance that as the Trinity River crests -- and, as of right now, NOAA has that happening at 42.8 feet -- "some areas of the City may experience flooding downstream past the levees in the Cadillac Heights area and the area along Canada Drive between Hampton and Sylvan," an all-too-common occurrence during significant rain events like today's.

NOAA's current guesstimation is well below today's earlier warning, but with more rain looping up from the north -- and, till 6:30 p.m., tornado warnings -- the city's taking no chances:
In response, the City activated the reverse 911 system, initiating notification phone calls to residents and businesses in the areas potentially affected by this weather event, encouraging individuals and families to seek higher ground and activate their personal, family emergency plans. The Dallas Police Department and Dallas Fire-Rescue has crews in these neighborhoods monitoring water levels and helping residents as needed. In addition, Trinity Watershed Management - Flood Control Division has staff riding with the Dallas Police Department Helicopter Unit to monitor the water level by air.
Schutze, incidentally, will have a post tomorrow morning about his evening spent amongst the residents of Cadillac Heights. Till then, on the other side are two more photos from Friend of Unfair Park "metro plexual," who actually espied Jim -- and shouted to him -- when Dr. Schutze was traversing the Commerce Street Bridge after his dip into the river near Sylvan Avenue.

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Photos by Metro Plexual (greatest photo credit ever)

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This is facing north from the Commerce Street Bridge
Emergency Operation Center monitoring weather event; Residents in low lying areas asked to make evacuation preparations

Dallas - The City of Dallas Office of Emergency Management has activated the Emergency Operations Center in a modified capacity with several departments assembled to monitor the current weather event and potential flooding. The Dallas Police Department, Dallas Fire-Rescue, Trinity Watershed Management - Flood Control Division, Dallas Water Utilities and other departments have been monitoring the situation since early this morning.

The National Weather Service is predicting that the Trinity River may crest early Thursday morning. That level is within the levee, but some areas of the City may experience flooding downstream past the levees in the Cadillac Heights area and the area along Canada Drive between Hampton and Sylvan.

In response, the City activated the reverse 911 system, initiating notification phone calls to residents and businesses in the areas potentially affected by this weather event, encouraging individuals and families to seek higher ground and activate their personal, family emergency plans. The Dallas Police Department and Dallas Fire-Rescue has crews in these neighborhoods monitoring water levels and helping residents as needed. In addition, Trinity Watershed Management - Flood Control Division has staff riding with the Dallas Police Department Helicopter Unit to monitor the water level by air.

If flooding occurs overnight or tomorrow (Thursday) morning, those residents and business owners will be notified to evacuate via reverse 911 and by police and firefighters on the ground. If an evacuation is necessary two shelters will be operational. Those shelters are: Kidd Springs Recreation Center, 711 W. Canty (75208) and Keist Recreation Center, 3080 S. Hampton (75224). Only Kidd Springs is operational at this time.


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