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100 years since the big flood in Fort Worth

By April 20, 2022

One hundred years ago, on April 22, 1922, Fort Worth experienced a flood caused by torrential rains that dumped 11 inches of water in two days.

As a result of the rain, there were seventeen breaches in the Trinity River levees. These breaks caused a massive flood killing at least ten people and more than $1 million in damages. Calls began immediately for a countywide effort to prevent further flooding of the Trinity and provide adequate water supply.

The flood resulted in an election held by Tarrant County commissioners in 1924 to create the Tarrant County Water Improvement District No. 1, which would later change to Tarrant Regional Water District in 1996.

Interested in learning the full history of TRWD? Visit our “Who We Are” page on our website.

Lake Current Level Conservation Level* Level Difference**
Arlington 550.68 550.00 0.68
Benbrook 687.62 694.00 -6.38
Bridgeport 827.33 836.00 -8.67
Cedar Creek 318.61 322.00 -3.39
Eagle Mountain 644.57 649.10 -4.53
Lake Worth 591.76 594.00 -2.24
Richland-Chambers 310.41 315.00 -4.59
*Conservation Level: The permitted level of water an entity is allowed to hold in a lake. Any amount above the conservation level is used for the temporary storage of flood waters and must be released downstream.
**Difference: Amount above or below conservation level.
For more information read our daily reports or the TRWD Lake Level Blog.

Check out the TRWD OneRain portal for a visualization of this information and more.

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