FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – New warning signs have been placed near the low water dam on the Trinity River after several drownings and a near drowning along the dam.
The Tarrant Regional Water District plans to add two additional signs at another location next week on collapsible poles so the signs don’t impede the flow of water in the floodway.
But for one family, the new signage came too late.
Brandy Johnson, 19, had walked over the dam many times in her life.
“We had done it before as a family,” said Sharkara Guinn Johnson, Brandy’s mother.
On January 16th, Brandy, who was five months pregnant, was walking along the dam to get to a job interview when she fell into the water and drowned.
“I cry myself to sleep every night,” said Johnson. “I think about her every second of every day and I think about so many things that she was not able to accomplish in her short life.”
Less than two weeks later, a father pulled his 11-year-old son to safety in a near drowning at the same spot.
Since then, Johnson and several others have called for action, asking for more signs and even barriers to block the dam off to the public completely.
“If it was truly not a crossing or not intended to be a crossing, there should have been a sign there that said that this is not a crossing,” Johnson said.
The Water District opted this week to place two more warning signs close to the water on either side of the dam, saying barriers would impede the flow of water.
For Johnson, the new warning signs bring little comfort.
“For me, it’s too little, too late,” Johnson said. “For others, hopefully it will help.”
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