Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Flooding in Arlington and Fort Worth


And what is to be done?

Well, TWO weeks AFTER the flooding, Govenor Perry has asked for help.  WHY would it take two weeks?  If everything you own is under water, you need help NOW.  Those waiting are told it will be a long process.  Arlington was working on plans to get some houses out of the flood plain, however they can't get federal funds released.  WHY?  ASK YOUR CONGRESSWOMAN.

And another Fort Worth flood next to a newly installed pipeline.  Animals dead, property ruined.    Just another day in Tarrant County.  We'd tell you the Trinity River Vision will fix that since the project is for "flood control", but it won't.  Read about it in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

And more in the FW Weekly.

“The land along the entire length of the pipeline has been raised two to three feet higher than it was in its natural state. And that has created a dam, leaving the water nowhere to drain off,” he said. “So instead … it’s just going to sit here until it evaporates.”

Kelleher said that when Enterprise first began laying the 30-inch pipe located just inside her neighbor’s property line, “they fueled their heavy machinery about five feet from my stock pond. And within a couple of days there was an oil slick, a sheen on my pond.”

That wasn’t the end of it. “Part of the pipeline was laid through a closed municipal landfill,” Kelleher said. “I watched them put that pipeline into the ground, and while they were excavating, they were pulling out huge pieces of trash. They said they removed and containered and disposed of it all properly, but they didn’t.”

Kelleher said that, in the process of trenching along her property line, Enterprise workers “compromised my pond, and my pond water began leaking into their trench where the trash was.”

She said she came home from work one day shortly after the pond was breached to discover that Enterprise workers had put a pump in their trench and were pumping the water back into her pond. “I told them to get it out of there, that it was contaminated water that would kill my animals. So they removed the hose from my pond and disposed of [the water] on my neighbor’s property.”

She’s convinced that the flooding, the most serious and most recent problem, isn’t going to go away until the pipeline company addresses the problem of changed water-flow patterns.

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