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Memorial Day Flood of 2015, cont.

The Park, The Flood, The Community, Part 2

(From a series of emails by UHNA President Joan Bartz)


In just the last few days, much has been accomplished to bring Dottie Jordan Park back to its pre-flood status. The following are actions taken by the PARD and associated departments in cleaning up debris from the flood.


POOL

  • A temporary fence was erected around the pool to minimize the chances that children will wander into harm's way.

  • As of yesterday, all the flood water has been pumped out of the pool, all debris has been removed from the pool, and the pool bottom has been scrubbed. (Sanitation requirements are pending.)

OTHER AREAS

  • Assessment of flood damage and development of an appropriate plan to address flood related needs, including sanitation requirements, are being developed for the following park areas: play-scape and picnic areas, tennis courts, fencing, trees, large debris

ADDITIONAL CONCERNS

  • The sewage lines which are embedded in Little Walnut Creek may need to be inspected for any breakage in the lines and corrective action taken.

  • Trees stuck under the Loyola Lane Bridge need to be removed.

  • Also, anyone who waded into the flood waters at any level anywhere in the park, may want to check the article in today's Austin American Statesman, Page A9, "Receding waters bring relief, health hazards" pertinent to all ages, including children, who had any contact with the flood waters.

* * * * Yesterday, I was at the park for over an hour and was amazed at the speed with which city workers assessed needs and implemented necessary corrective action.


The quick response by the city to our flood-related concerns, to date, has been gratifying and we will express the community's thanks to PARD and other city workers for this reassuring response.


The University Hills Neighborhood Association (UHNA) will continue to provide updates on the repairs to Dottie Jordan Park as they occur.

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