Legacies: A History Journal for Dallas and North Central Texas, Volume 11, Number 2, Fall, 1999 Page: 17
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AFTER THE DELUGE
The Impact of the Trinity River Flood of 1908
BY JACKIE MCELHANEY
E aster Sunday, April I9 I908, dawned
bright and sunny-a welcome sight after
what the Dallas Times Herald called a
"long spell of rainy weather." City fathers hoped
that the Trinity River had gotten as high as it was
going to and that the bridges and railroad lines
crossing the river would be safe. But Mother
Nature had another idea: by 6 o'clock that Easter
Sunday evening, the Trinity was more than
two feet higher than it had been that morning.
By noon on Monday the river level at the
Commerce Street bridge measured at 39.4 feet. It
had overrun its banks, flooding all the way from
the old Turtle Creek pumping station to the
Commerce St. Bridge. It covered the West
Dallas Pike with three or four feet of water,
flooded the basement of the new school building
in Oak Cliff, and ruined truck gardens in the
low-lying areas south of downtown.1
This, however, wasn't the GREAT DALLAS
FLOOD of I908. It was simply another of the
numerous floods that Dallas had experienced
The flood of May i9o8 inundated nearly 200 homes just north of downtown Dallas, along McKinney Avenue.
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