PHOTOS: Turtle Creek Area Cleanup Underway After Record Rainfall

The deluge of rain beginning Aug. 21 helped break the record for the wettest August in Dallas-Fort Worth since record-keeping began in 1899, according to the National Weather Service office in Fort Worth. The water has since receded, but cleanup efforts remain underway.

(READ: Record Rainfall Brings Flooding, Road Closures)

The deluge took the hibiscus fountain in Turtle Creek Park, per Turtle Creek Conservancy CEO Tiffany Divis, and left debris behind, but Dallas Park and Recreation crews and volunteers are working to clean up the area, and plans are already underway to replace the fountain.

“As the water recedes, Turtle Creek Park always bounces back. Our neighbors and supporters have reached out to volunteer with park clean-up,” Divis said. “City of Dallas Park and Recreation are working to clean up the damage and make sure Dallas parks are safe and welcoming for all visitors. Our stunning hibiscus fountain was washed away with the flood. Plans are underway to replace the fountain in the near future as we did after the last historic flood in 2020.” 

Turtle Creek Association CEO J.D. Trueblood added that Dallas Park and Recreation crews were onsite clearing trees from the area and Aqua Clean has started to clean up the creek itself.

“As you can imagine, after the historical volume of rain we received in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, the creek did sustain some damage. We have several downed trees and debris scattered throughout the park,” Trueblood said. “The good news is the clean-up has already begun. Parks and Rec are onsite with chainsaws to clear the trees, and our vendor Aqua Clean has also started clearing the trash and debris left behind.”

Rachel Snyder

Rachel Snyder, deputy editor at People Newspapers, joined the staff in 2019, returning to her native Dallas-Fort Worth after starting her career at community newspapers in Oklahoma. One of her stories won first place in its category in the Oklahoma Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest in 2018. She’s a fan of puns and community journalism, not necessarily in that order. You can reach her at [email protected]

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