New signs to warn Tarrant County drivers of flooding danger




Posted on October 16, 2012 at 10:46 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 22 at 11:20 AM

FORT WORTH — On most days, motorists head up and down Oak Grove Road in Fort Worth without a problem.  But, when strong storms hit, danger moves in. 

In a downpour, Deer Creek — which runs beneath the road — rises above its banks, flooding the street.

"It's a lot of water," said neighbor Landon Dees. "It completely covers that roadway, and you can't drive through there at all. If someone is coming through — especially at night where there's a big rain — they wouldn't know it." 

Dees, who lives nearby, has seen drivers get swept away.  

In 2009, Marie Reynolds and her daughter were rescued after the rushing water pushed their car off the road.  They were stranded for two hours. 

At the time, Reynolds told News 8 her car spun out of control and hit a tree.

Fort Worth gave the green light Thursday to a project that aims to install new signs along Oak Grove Road and 38 other locations where flooding is a problem. 

The city, working with Tarrant County, plans to install a warning system with a sensor that detects the rising water levels.  If there's a danger, the system activates flashing lights. 

The sign underneath the lights warns drivers to stay away.

"I think it's something that should have been done a while back, a long time ago," said resident Paula Kennedy.

Fort Worth officials told News 8 that a lack of funding stalled the project, but it's now back on track because it received federal transportation funds via the Texas Department of Transportation.

Neighbors applaud the change, and hope more safety measures flow in.

"There really needs to be more done," said Chris Kennedy. "[The road] needs to be elevated where it takes the entire danger out." 

The city expects to install the new signs in the next 12 months.