Fort Worth has seen its share of floods over the last century, but none compare to the 1949 flood that devastated ten square miles in the city central, killed ten people and left more than 13,000 people homeless. This tragic event, which was the result of an 11-inch rain in the Upper Trinity Basin, spurred city leaders and the Corps of Engineers to build Benbrook Lake and the 27-mile Fort Worth Floodway in order to prevent future flood disasters.

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