Congresswoman Johnson Announces Grant to Complete Dallas Floodway Projects
DALLAS, TX – Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, Chair of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, today announced that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers received funding to complete the Dallas Floodway Projects. The key infrastructure project was first authorized by Congress in 1965 and the latest funding will be directed to the Cadillac Heights Levee.
“Since before my election to Congress in 1992, I have been determined to improve the flood prevention mechanisms in Dallas. As Chairwoman of the House Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment more than 10 years ago, I made addressing this growing concern a priority. This final funding will complete a major undertaking and move us closer to our ultimate goal of achieving maximum protection from flooding in the North Texas region,” said Congresswoman Johnson. “I am extremely pleased to congratulate the Army Corps of Engineers and the City of Dallas on this funding, and I look forward to the completion of this project in the upcoming future.”
This latest funding of $55 million for the Cadillac Heights Levee was included to extend the Army Corp’s current working estimate to $82.25 million for the project. Designed to increase flood conveyance, the floodway project will also provide for environmental restoration to enhance ecological value. Improvements caused by the project will ultimately lower flood elevations and thereby increase the level of flood protection for the downtown Dallas vicinity, Oak Cliff, and West Dallas. The project will also establish protection for downstream areas such as Rochester Park, the Lamar area and Cadillac Heights. Most importantly, this project reduces recurrent flooding for approximately 12,500 structures, and increases flood protection for the Central Wastewater Treatment Plant.
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