What Does City Hall Have to Say About Levee Report? No. Really. I'm Asking.

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This is Day Two of Trinity River levee stories from me, which I realize is Day Too Many, but ... well, sorry. I'm just sorry about it, but I cannot let this moment pass without making an observation. Possibly an observation and a half. It'll be over quickly.

First, half an observation. I started off my deal yesterday about the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and whether Dallas is about to be scraped off the face of the planet in a gargantuan flood of biblical proportions (I'm trying to make hydrology interesting) by saying that probably no other reporters would understand the significance of a big document released yesterday by the corps.

Oh, how arrogant! I blush. I just hate myself when I'm like that. In fact Steve Thompson of The Dallas Morning News, a local daily, has a terrific story as the lead piece on its front page today in which he ferrets out very significant changes the corps made in the just-released document and earlier proposed versions.

You might be saying, "So what?" or, "This is boring" or, "I want to hit you now." Oh, no. Don't say that. Here's the deal. This is why we are having Day Two.

Between my previous reporting on this stuff and what Thompson has in The News today, it is clear ... unmistakable ... beyond debate that the corps does not have faith in what the city is doing to repair the Trinity River levees. You might be saying, "Who gives a shit?" but you shouldn't talk like that. This is where we actually do get into the biblical area.

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An auto-inflating life vest, what all stylish downtown office workers will be wearing next spring.
Bad Trinity River levees could kill tons of people. Bad Trinity River levees will tank the values of all kinds of very expensive real estate. Bad Trinity River levees are ... What can I say? They're bad!

So why bring it up again a second day? OK, now for my observation. I begin with a question. What do you hear about all of this from City Hall? What do you hear from our mayor, our city council? If the nation's main flood control agency, a division of the Army, doesn't have faith in what the city is doing to keep the levees safe, wouldn't you think our elected representatives and hired staff down at City Hall would be speaking out? At least making squeaking noises?

Answer to question about what we hear: Radio silence. Nada. Zip. See no, hear no, speak no. Hands held forward with index fingers making sign of cross to ward off werewolves. Garlic over lintel of City Hall.

Why are they silent? Because this is a very tough issue. Really fixing the levees the right way might require a tax increase. This is difficult. And at City Hall, they do not do difficult.

Just making an observation. No Day Three, I promise. More or less promise. But watch them. They're going to talk about Toys for Tots. Not this. Count on it.

Have you seen those great new self-inflating life jackets that look like a big fat pair of suspenders? They have a little gas bottle that shoots them full of air if they get wet. Those wouldn't be so bad with a suit. Of course, rainy days downtown might be tricky.

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17 comments
stinkysockcleansock
stinkysockcleansock

What these folks who are living in a flood prone area in Dallas need to realize, is that, a lot of the Katrina refuges were placed in Houston after the New Orleans devastation. That right there should be reason enough to be vocal and address your concerns! I mean do you really want to chance the possibly of being displaced to Houston?

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Dallas should ask New Orleans what happens. The City needs to think "Don't mess with Mother Nature (or the Federal Government, for that matter)"

Phelps
Phelps

Walk around downtown.

Mentally total everything you see.  No, I don't mean add it up.  I mean total it like you total a car in a bad wreck.

That is what a bad flood control plan will lead to.

What the city has planned is bad.  It's not an issue of if, it is an issue of how soon.

Darrd2010
Darrd2010

This may be why the city still has not handed over documents of conversation between the city and USACE about Joe Pool Lake Dam. I'm still waiting.......Crazy world.

RTGolden
RTGolden

Mayor Mike has no time for this nonsense!  Why, if he can only convince the federal govt to keep the Dallas Mail Processing center open, then the Feds will HAVE to fix the levees right?  I mean, we can't keep it open then let it flood, can we?

Jgreenan
Jgreenan

I'm not sure the big story may not be something different. I don't think the Corps of Engineers is ever again going to accept the responsibility for determining whether or not flood control measures are adequate.

One New Orleans was enough for them. From now on, the blame for floods goes to the cities.

camarillobrillo
camarillobrillo

They'll have to design some "Ed Hardy" auto-inflating vest for our Uptown residents!

gabbahey
gabbahey

Right now, Marilla street is fabricating a distraction. Nothing to see here, Jim, move along.

Montemalone
Montemalone

Save on gas, deliver the mail by barge.

Levees.org
Levees.org

In New Orleans, the corps of engineers was responsible via federal mandate in the Flood Control Act of 1965 to design and build a hurricane protection system to protect New Orleans.  As we all know, the corps failed spectacularly.

What is the role of the corps via federal mandate for the Trinity River levees?

J. Erik Jonsson
J. Erik Jonsson

Is that Greenan's law? "Don't presume that the absence of an endorsement connotes disapproval when cowardice is an adequate explanation."

Montemalone
Montemalone

Um, those chicks are gonna float without any vests.

camarillobrillo
camarillobrillo

Hello...solar powered water taxis! Wait a minute! Could this all be some ruse by the City of Dallas to fix the levee on the low, so they will flood; causing some type of "water world" unlike anything seen in existence! Talk about a visionary mayor! Kudos! We'll be the talk and envy of all the city mayors of the WORLD...how chic.

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So, that's what they mean by "World Class" city.

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