#FBF: The time a flood almost destroyed West Dallas and Oak Cliff

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The drought is over, and we’re going to have a lot of pretty flowers this spring.

But there’s been so much heavy rain in the Dallas area recently that sewers are overflowing and there have been multiple high-water rescues. A driver who was swept into the river in southeast Oak Cliff Wednesday morning hasn’t been found. And the deluge continues.

Good thing the Trinity River levees protect us from flooding. The levees originally were built following the 1908 Dallas flood that killed five people, left about 6 percent of the city’s population homeless and caused $2.5 million in damages.

From our May 2016 look at historic natural disasters in Oak Cliff:

Most of the city was without power and water. Sewers were overflowing. Fires broke out. Trains couldn’t run. West Dallas, Downtown and the McKinney Avenue area were under water for days. But in West Dallas, the destruction and devastation to one of the city’s poorest neighborhoods was overwhelming.

Find the whole story here.

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