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COPPELL (CBSDFW.COM) – Between flooding and the FAA, the City of Coppell was nearly forced to cancel its fireworks show Friday night.
The city’s annual July 3rd fireworks display and concert normally takes place at Andy Brown Park East.
However, an overflowing Denton Creek last month flooded much of the park.
Even less than a week ago, some sections of the park were several feet under water.
“I, frankly, was a little nervous that we wouldn’t be able to get it ready and that it wouldn’t be dry, and it would be nasty and smelly,” said parks director Brad Reid.
Reid and city officials were so nervous they actually changed the location of the celebration to Wagon Wheel Park.
The park was away from the flood waters but, as the city discovered, too close to DFW Airport.
“There was a little bit of miscommunication involved there,” said Reid. “They put some restrictions on us that we didn’t anticipate.”
So the city moved the celebration back to Andy Brown East Park.
Not knowing what to expect, city officials advise people to bring plastic trash bags to sit on to stay dry.
However, by the time the concert started most of the park was dry and packed with people.
“I was surprised when we got here and all the water was gone,” said 11-year-old Jaylan Clig.
It was a pleasant surprise for all.
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