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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.


April 21-22, 2012
Earth Day Dallas – Celebrate the Planet
10:00 a.m. to Close
Fair Park


April 22, 2012
Oak Cliff Earth Day – Celebrating the Planet
12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Lake Cliff Park
1200 N. Zang Boulevard
Dallas, TX 75203


May 8, 2012
Trinity Parkway Public Hearing
Dallas Convention Center Arena
650 S. Griffin Street
Dallas, TX 75202
Free Parking at Convention Center
Open House: 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Public Hearing: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.


May 12, 2012
Reliant Trinity River Wind Festival
126 W. Commerce Street
Dallas, TX 75207
12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Audubon Center
The Texas Buckeye Trail
U. S. Army Corps of Engineers
Trinity Trust Foundation
City of Dallas Council
Agendas and Briefings
Trinity River Corridor Project
Committee Agendas & Briefings
City of Dallas Council
Agendas and Briefings
Trinity River Corridor Project
Committee Agendas & Briefings


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2012 Earth Day Dallas

This is a great time to remind ourselves to celebrate our planet and be kinder to nature. One way to learn more is to join the fun at free Earth Day events such as Earth Day Dallas at Fair Park (4/21-22) and Oak Cliff Earth Day (4/22).

Featured guests at Earth Day Dallas are Mrs. Laura Bush, First Lady of the United States, and Dr. Michio Kaku, theoretical physicist, professor and bestselling author. Some of the entertainment and activities will be provided by Radio Disney and BMX Stunt teams while hundreds of companies with eco-friendly products and services will cover 600,000 square feet of space.

There are numerous volunteer opportunities this time of the year as well. The City teams up with Keep Dallas Beautiful through Trinity Watershed Management to complete a litter survey. It’s coming up on 5/5/2012.

Get your green on Dallas!

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