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Forest Park - Berry - Central Arlington Heights

The Central Arlington Heights and TCU-area communities have experienced significant flooding issues over the years during intense rain events.

The city is in the process of planning improvements to the storm drain system to reduce the risk of flooding. The information on this website shows what has already been done, what is being done now, and what is planned to reduce the flood risk.

Nature of the problem

This presentation was given to residents of Central Arlington Heights and TCU-area communities.


watershed[1].jpgA watershed is the area of land that catches rain and snow and drains into a creek, river or lake.

Homes, businesses, roads, parks, schools and more can make up a watershed. Watersheds come in all shapes and sizes. Some are millions of square miles while others are just a few acres.

All Fort Worth residents live in a watershed. In fact, Fort Worth has over 700 watersheds. These watersheds flow downstream into a Fort Worth creek, stream or lake, eventually ending up in the Trinity River.

Central Arlington Heights Watershed

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View a larger image or view a map of where flooding occurs in this area when storm drains are inundated.

Forest Park/Berry Street Watershed

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View a larger image or a version of the map with neighborhood associations highlighted.


  • Pre-1967- Studies done from time to time, inevitable conclusion: “funding is not available to build recommended improvements”
  • 1967- City developed Drainage Master Plan for 20 percent to 25 percent of total city:
    • $12.9 million total for recommendations in areas studied
    • $1.2 million for Forest Park-Berry improvements
    • $725,000 for Central Arlington Heights
    • Rest of city never studied
    • Very little ever implemented
  • 2002 – Small study in Central Arlington Heights identifies need for extensive detention or $10 million or more in storm drain improvements
  • February 2004 – $1 million for detailed studies approved in bond package; consultants selected and projects assigned
  • June 2004 – Major flooding occurs
  • 2005 – Submit for Texas Water Development Board grants to assist with studies (no grants awarded to Fort Worth)
  • 2006 – Detailed Watershed Planning Studies begin
  • 2007 – First round of studies yields four engineering solutions each, not affordable.
  • 2008 – Expand to investigate ten alternatives each, focusing on engineering solutions.
  • 2009 – Value engineering workshop identifies preferred engineering solutions, again not affordable.
  • 2010 – Feasible Options study to evaluate engineering and non-engineering solutions to determine a way forward.
  • 2011


Forest Park/Berry

Central Arlington Heights

Community Survey