DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Heavy rain and flooding in North Texas has caused serious damage to a number of parks in Dallas and officials with the City say the repairs aren’t covered by insurance.
Assistant Parks Director John Jenkins says workers have already found some $2.6 million worth of damage. “We expect the number to go up. We expect it to at least definitely go north of $3 million.”
When it comes to water destruction at City of Dallas parks and municipal golf courses Jenkins said, “We do not have any insurance to cover the damage that just occurred. So, we will have to look at other means to pay for the damage.”
At the height of the flooding a number of bike trails, golf courses, and athletic fields were all underwater — and some still are. Jenkins said flooding damaged retaining walls, landscaping, trees and buildings.
The City will have to find a way to pay for repairs out-of-pocket. Jenkins said, “We will just have to look at savings from our existing budget to address those immediate issues.”
There is one area where funds can be reallocated, since all the rain has the City expecting lower watering costs. “We should expect a much lower water bill, so we will definitely utilize those savings to offset some of the expenses that we have incurred from the storm damage.”
The parks that have seen the most erosion, tree and retaining wall damage include the Luna Vista and Stevens Park Golf Courses, L.B. Houston and Fair Oaks Tennis Centers, and both Tenison and Keeton Park.
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