Texas Flood 2015: The Trinity River

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The Trinity River in Downtown Dallas crested at 40.12 feet this Memorial Day weekend. That level is defined as a “major” flood stage. Another 8 – 10 inches are still expected. The river has not reached 40 feet since 2007.

Aerial footage of the Trinity River
Filmed by Michael & TJ Maher with a DJI Inspire 1.
Music "Slow River" - Joel Hunger
For Broadcast: Contact michael@maherfilms.com
Copyright Maher Films 2015 | maherfilms.com

The current levee system was developed after the Flood of 1908, when the river reached 52.6 feet and flooded all of downtown.

"In May 1908, the Trinity River upper basin experienced a 10-inch to over 15-inch rainfall during a three-day period that resulted in a flood gauge reading in Dallas of 52.6 feet. “The flood killed eleven people, and 4,000 others fled their homes to seek higher ground. Much of the downtown area and all of West Dallas was flooded, and damage was estimated at more than five million dollars.”"

"The Trinity River was about two miles wide between West Dallas and downtown Dallas. The entire City was completely dark for three days with no telephone, telegraph, or rail service. Oak Cliff could only be reached by boat."
- http://www.swf.usace.army.mil/Portals/47/docs/PAO/DF/DallasFloodwayHistoryPaper.pdf