When all the destruction is viewed from the series of tornadoes that have devastated parts of Fort Worth and Dallas, it is a wonder that more people did not get hurt and that there are trees still standing in the Great Trinity Forest.
The giant storms that ripped through North Texas were vertical funnels of rapidly spinning air believed to be around 46,000 to 56,000 feet tall and to have winds of up to 150 miles an hour. Even one of these twisters can cut a pathway up to a mile wide and 50 miles long. In the case of “our” storms, the length of destruction was over 50 miles.
The tornado count reached 16 with the next highest count in a Texas county listed at nine.
Update: 100-Yr Flood Protection
Public safety is the number one priority for the City of Dallas in all areas. For the Dallas Floodway, the Levee System protects lives and billions of dollars in property value.
After Hurricane Katrina, a National Levee Safety Program was instituted resulting in more rigorous and nationally uniform criteria for inspecting levee systems. Under this new criteria, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) issued Periodic Inspection No. 9 in March 2009 and rated the Dallas Levee System “Unacceptable”. As a result, the City lost its 100-Year accreditation of the levee system which began FEMA’s process to remap the areas behind the levees.