#FBF When Dallas almost dried up

White Rock Lake looking west toward Downtown. (Photo by Danny Fulgencio)

Your news feeds have been full of flooding and rainfall, but a lack of water also can be devastating. During the 1950s, the entire state of Texas suffered a severe drought, and it hit Dallas hard.

People were watering their roofs to keep their houses cool as summers between 1951 and 1957 often had more than 40 days above 100 degrees. But the drought was worse than the heat.

In 1952, Dallas rainfall was one percent of what it normally was, and the following years weren’t much better. Parts of White Rock Lake were bone dry, the East and Clear Forks of the Trinity river stopped flowing, and 95 percent of the trees in Tenison Park died. Dallas nearly ran out of water, and it led to the construction of many  area reservoirs, as regional leaders wanted to make sure Dallas never came that close to running out of water again. Though they didn’t know it at the time, the drought was part of a normal weather pattern now called the La Nina effect.

When you need a break from the flooding stories, but still want to get your freak weather fix, read the full story here.


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