Panther Island / Central City News

Anniversary of the 1949 Flood

On May 17, 1949 Fort Worth suffered what many consider to be its worst flood ever, surpassing the flood of 1889, 1908, 1922, and the flood of 1989. The city received 11-inches of rain over the course of the night of May 16 which caused the Clear Fork watershed to break through its levees and flood Fort Worth’s thriving commercial, industrial, and residential districts to the southwest, now known at the 7th Street area. In addition to causing property damage exceeding $11 million, ten people lost their lives.

Read more about the historic flood, see photos and watch videos in this Star Telegram article.