A Company Fixing a Trinity River Dam Discovers Where Dallas Dumps Its Stolen Cars

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The California Crossing Dam doesn't look like much, just a few hunks of concrete anchored in the Trinity River in far Northwest Dallas, but it's important. The water that pools up behind it is processed at the Bachman Water Treatment Plant, which is a key component of the city's water supply system.

So, when the dam began showing its age and it became clear that it needed major repairs, the Dallas City Council didn't hesitate last September to pay Archer Western Construction $3.6 million to overhaul California Crossing and two other city-owned dams.

On Thursday, the company drained the pool of water to discover an unexpected obstacle: 20 vehicles submerged in the Trinity River.

Archer Western called Dallas police, who sent out their auto-theft task force to oversee the removal. Then, one by one, the cars were dragged from the muck. It took six hours to remove them all.

So far, police have identified 10 of the vehicles. "The oldest was reported stolen in 1987 the latest was reported stolen in 2007," he wrote in an email.

So, if you're looking for a place to dump something you don't want found for a quarter century, behind one of the dams on the Trinity is a pretty good bet.

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22 comments
Beer30
Beer30

I want this picture on thelabel of the Trinity Pure water bottles I plan on bottling & manufacturing.

WhiteWhale
WhiteWhale

I wonder how many of those were used in hit and runs?

G_David
G_David

There used to be drag races out that way every weekend.  Maybe these are the ones that forgot to stop.

ozonelarryb
ozonelarryb

Who is the 'he' who wrote the email?

C'mon Eric, post 2nd draft, not first.

themadv
themadv

pictures, where are the pictures?


NewsDog
NewsDog

This being Dallas there has to be a racist conspiracy subplot in here somewhere but I just don't have the time to think of it. I'll leave it to you Unfair Parkers... 

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

3.6 million for 3 dams sounds like a good deal compared to 4+ million for 0 wave.

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

I often wonder if we had a severe drought like back in the day when White Rock Lake was empty how many cars, bodies, and assorted other things we would find at the bottom of White Rock and Bachman Lakes.

James080
James080 topcommenter

I have a feeling some old insurance claims are going to be reopened.

Greg820
Greg820

1)  Dead Hookers

2)  Dead Spouses

3)  Compassionate Conservatism

JFPO
JFPO

I take it this has brought no news about your truck.

John1073
John1073

If South Dallas had jobs provided by the white man, black people wouldn't need to dump their stolen vehicles in the river. How's that?

McGeorge
McGeorge

While I can't/won't speak for everyone here I would hope that most of us are rather civic minded and follow the local parking ordinances.

McGeorge
McGeorge

Actually they dredged it just three or four years ago again. I remember distinctly as I lived one house off the lake and I believe it was the first of April that our neighborhoods newsletter carried the story and invited everyone to go out and walk across the lake since it was empty.

scholarmom
scholarmom

@P1Gunter WRL was dredged 10 or so years ago and they really didn't find that much. A couple of guns, a bowling ball and some other sorted items.

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

@JFPO  

My truck was recovered about a month after it was stolen.  It was OK after about $6k of body work.


Still haven't heard anything about the investigation.

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