Stay away from steep Oak Cliff creek embankments

Coombs Creek (Photo by Danny Fulgencio)
Coombs Creek (Photo by Danny Fulgencio)

One Oak Cliff resident encountered the danger of steep creek embankments and required a 40-minute rescue last week.

He fell 40 feet into Cedar Creek around 11:30 p.m. Nov. 22, and a teenage neighbor called 911. Dallas Fire and Rescue’s urban search and rescue team had to navigate the wooded embankment, mud and darkness to pull the man out.

DFD thinks the man, who was taken to the hospital with injuries, might’ve slipped in mud in the 600 block of Clarendon and fallen down the embankment into the shallow creek, according to WFAA.

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Soil erosion makes a menace of many of our neighborhood’s creeks.

There are places where creeks are accessible and even nearly level with the terrain, but in most cases, they are surrounded by steep embankments that should be avoided.

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