Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Southlake Recovers Nicely from Hermine

White Chapel Bridge Re-opened

Less than 72 hours after Hermine dumped more than 6 inches of rain on Southlake and took out the North White Chapel Bridge, City of Southlake Public Works crews have repaired the bridge.  It re-opened about 3 p.m. Friday afternoon.


On Wednesday morning the bridge became impassable.  City crews set up road blocks for area surrounding the bridge (just south of Bob Jones Park) and another area of concern White Chapel and Pleasant Run, near the Colleyville border.  That area was re-opened Wednesday afternoon.

An alternate route for residents who live in the area north of the bridge was established quickly after the road near the bridge was closed.  That route will remain open through the weekend.

“A little bit of luck and hard work from the Public Works crews resulted in a quick repair of the bridge,” said Public Works Director Bob Price.  “The bridge passed every safety test we put it through, so the public should use it with complete confidence.”

Below are pictures showing the aftermath of Wednesday’s storm. They were taken by Southlake DPS Personnel as they assessed the damage.

 Storm Summary from the Southlake Office of Emergency Management

On September 8, 2010, the National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning due to severe thunderstorms covering our western areas and moving steadily along and east of the I-35 corridor. At 10:02 a.m., the National Weather Service issued an additional Flash Flood Warning for Tarrant and Johnson Counties until 2:00 p.m.; with a band of heavy rain from Southlake to Arlington to Alvarado. The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) was activated at 9:00 a.m., with roadway conditions deteriorating quickly with multiple street closures due to flooding. The city monitored the storm situation throughout the area as it passed through.  As of 11:00 a.m. approximately 6.7” of rain fell in the city over a 24-hour period. The EOC was closed at 2:00 p.m. A synopsis of the day’s events are as follows;

  • DAMAGES: Widespread flash flooding
  • INJURIES: None yet reported
  • STREET CLOSURES: 3400 N. Whites Chapel Closed until further notice. Requires evaluation by City engineers and staff; Whites Chapel & Pleasant Run, estimated re-opening in 24 hours.
    • 19 Fire Calls for Service Call Types: public service, rescues, accidents, and alarms
    • 47 Police Calls for Service Call Types: motorist assist, investigations, roadway hazards, accidents, and some alarms
    • Additional calls were transferred directly to Public Works–Streets Department by dispatch.

Here is some video taken by a resident of Timarron.   It’s the area surrounding the 9th hole.