Dallas Floodway
Dallas Floodway Team
Contact Information

Mr. Jim Frisinger
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Fort Worth District
P.O. Box 17300
819 Taylor Street

Fort Worth, Texas 76102-300


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The Fort Worth District's Dallas Floodway Project is located in Dallas, Texas. It is a complex project in cooperation or partnership with multiple units of local, state and federal government. It addresses a number of regional concerns, although flood protection for the citizens of Dallas remains the cornerstone of this multi-faceted effort.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has oversight responsibility for all activities within the federally authorized Dallas Floodway System. The Corps' Fort Worth District is a lead actor in some of the projects, such as the existing Dallas Floodway Project, which was strengthened and improved by USACE in the 1950s to reduce the risk of flooding from a flood event having a 1 in 800 chance of occurring in any given year. In other projects within the confines of the Dallas Floodway System listed below, the Corps plays a smaller supporting role or perhaps only an oversight function.

The Dallas Floodway Project is located along the Trinity River upstream from the abandoned Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe (AT&SF) trestle to the confluence of the West and Elm Forks, then upstream along the West Fork for approximately 2.2 miles, and upstream about 4 miles along the Elm Fork.

The Dallas Floodway Project, in addition to the adjacent Dallas Floodway Extension Project, focus on three of five inter-related components within the Dallas Floodway System: flood protection, ecosystem restoration and recreation in partnership with the local sponsor, the City of Dallas.

The Corps of Engineers also has some role, but not a lead role, in two other major components: transportation and community/economic development.

Public safety is the No. 1 priority in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Levee Safety Program. The Dallas Floodway Project, now in the planning phase, is one of two Fort Worth District projects along the Trinity River designed to reduce flood risk for the citizens of Dallas. The other project, the Dallas Floodway Extension Project, is already in the construction phase. Both the Corps and the City of Dallas share the responsibility of public safety and both are committed to ensuring the integrity of the system. Each project has its own web section accessible from this Fort Worth District home page. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers also provides public access to a National Levee Database providing more information on Dallas levees.

Modifications to the existing Dallas Floodway Project were authorized in the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2007, Public Law 110-114, Section 5141, at a total project cost of $459 million, with an estimated Federal share of $298 million and an estimated non-Federal share of $161 million. In light of multiple ongoing activities within the Floodway, a comprehensive assessment of all these actions was deemed appropriate, and was included in the scope of the current feasibility study.

Key Dallas Floodway Project Events

Major Dallas Floodway Project-Related Components