In a press release earlier today, the City of Amarillo announced the purchase of some land. That purchase is tied to the massive flooding we experienced earlier this year. With this land, the City is hoping to combat flooding in the future.

With the announcement of the purchase, the City also laid out two projects to fight against flooding.

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Where Was The Land Purchased By The City of Amarillo?

The land was purchased for $375,000 near Linda Drive and Lawrence Lake, according to the press release. The plan with the purchase is to address flooding issues.

The 2.09 acre purchase was made on August 1, using drainage utility fees. The purchase was approved unanimously by the Amarillo City Council, according to the press release issued today.

How Will This Purchase Fight Against Flooding?

In the press release, the City of Amarillo laid out two projects for the property. The aim of both is to combat flooding.

The first project is an excavation project. This will be at Lawrence Lake. The project, according to the press release, would result in a two-foot reduction in flood plain elevation. According to the release, this would have resulted in a five-inch reduction in reduction in flood depth due to the massive rains we received.

The second project is a new pump station. The new pump station would be on that property.

All together, the projects would cost $9 million. They are under consideration as council members are reviewing the proposed budget for the 23/24 fiscal year.

Whether it is through these projects, or other projects on the recently purchased property, fingers crossed we're prepared before the next historic rain we get in Amarillo.

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