City Guesstimates $1.5 Billion in Flood Control Needs. See What Your Neighborhood Needs.

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Click to expand this page from Wednesday's briefing
And I was so looking forward to this Wednesday council briefing: Overview of Floodplain Management and Drainage Needs in the City of Dallas. Oh, well; guess it's all Jim's now. After all, he certainly knows a thing or two about a thing or two when it comes to gettin' in deep and wet, especially on his side of East Dallas when it rains long and hard.

But where does your neighborhood fit into the city's long-term plans to address flooding? And, no, this isn't Trinity River flooding we're talking about; nothing so biblical. We're talking storm drains, enclosed streams (Mill Creek, for instance, or Peaks Branch) and plain ol' street flooding.

For Wednesday's briefing, the City Manager's Office has broken down the needs inventory in all 14 council districts; I've pulled out that 37-page section and posted it below. That way you can see what's needed closer to home. Such as: I see not far from my house that it'll cost upwards of $10 million to design and build a storm draining relief system to keep 14 houses from flooding near Pensive Drive and the west fork of Joes Creek along Walnut Hill. And it gets even more specific than that, cataloging every garage, apartment building, alley and yard at risk during significant "rain events."

Of course, many of those projects will have to wait ... and wait ... and wait. Following the district-by-district list is another ranking each project by priority based on a score that takes into account things like: how close properties are to creeks, the frequency and depth of flooding, how many structures are impacted and how much it'll cost to make the repair per structure. Things like that. Look out below. City Flood Control Needs
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flood control

i love your blog its very informative and well said.

Whodunnit
Whodunnit

Oh, this is ridiculous. It's high time they hire an expensive consultant to study this for them at great expense, and probably delay any decision for another 5-6-7 years.

Paul
Paul

Why spend that kind of money on something we will never see when we can have a couple of string thingy bridges?  (He says with enough dripping sarcasm to cause the same drains to back up.)

Oak Cliff Townie
Oak Cliff Townie

In Oak Cliff a little housekeeping in and along the creek beds might help alleviate some of the flash flooding  that is caused when a lot of water hits downed trees shopping carts and other trash that collects in them.

Replay
Replay

Yeah, but that won't cost $1.5 Billion, and won't require a bond sale.

Wylie H.
Wylie H.

I may be misinterpreting this, but it looks like the City is (in some cases) proposing to spend between $500,000 and $1,000,000 per house to address flooding problems.  Wouldn't it just be easier to write some of these folks a check and take their house or let them continue to live in them at their own risk?

Replay
Replay

Right on! $10 Million for 14 houses? Buy the owners new houses, and move on.

Paul
Paul

 Gee ... Looking at the map it makes me wonder if we have a storm drain system.

I have to wonder how filled in the storm sewers are as some of these areas did not have street flooding problems for many years.  For the most part, it looks as if the storm drains lead directly to the nearest creek.

Darrd2010
Darrd2010

It appears that the quality and control of 'water' like air is the great leveler for everyone in Dallas.

LaceyB
LaceyB

Never read a tighter opening paragraph on Unfair Park.

Marvin
Marvin

After all, he certainly knows a thing or two about a thing or two when it comes to gettin' in deep and wet, especially on his side of East Dallas when it rains long and hard.Getting this sort of thing out of his system while he can.

LaceyB
LaceyB

I know. This is gonna be sooo weird here without Robert. Frankly, I've been getting this outta my system so I can attempt to write on DMN, too.

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