Are We Flooding Certain Areas In Amarillo To Unflood Others?
Now that the rain has finally decided to subside and stay out of Amarillo for the most part, we have to figure out what to do with all this water. Obviously the main concern was getting it out of neighborhoods and roads so we can get businesses back open and allow people to access their homes.
With most of that being completely finished, it's now time to figure out where the rest of the water ends up going and where the water that was in the city has gone.
A couple of weeks ago, the city held a meeting to talk about the flooding and how they were going to essentially drain the city. Where could the water go without impacting something else and what is available to hold the water they pump out?
In the meeting, they showed a map of how the water was going to essentially be farmed out and where it was going to end up.
As you can see in the map above, they drained everything into these playa lakes that were either previously empty or had very little water in them. That's the reason the lakes filled up so quickly.
The question is where is the water that's remaining that hasn't already been transferred to the lakes going to go? With the lakes filled up, we have parks and a lot of farmland that is still submerged underwater and will remain that way for quite awhile.
If you want to watch the full video of the meeting, you can find it here.