It’s been longer than many of us can remember when Amarillo city officials have fielded inquiries about what to do with excess water.
Greenways Lake is a privately owned playa at the far southwest corner of the city. Residents there asked the city for help in getting rid of the water. The city response? No can do. The water is the responsibility of the developers.
Meanwhile, the city is having to deal with playas at other publicly owned sites, such as nearby McDonald Lake at the corner of John Stiff Memorial Park at 45th Avenue and Coulter Street.
I’ve got some interest in the McDonald Lake problem, as it sits just about 3/4-mile from my house — not that we’re in danger of flooding in my neighborhood.
Still, the rising water has closed the park entrance at the lake; water has inundated the walkway around the lake and covered up the park benches.
I feel for the city in having to deal with this problem.
We’ve endured years of drought conditions. We haven’t had this much rain since, well, many years ago.
As for residents living near the privately owned lake at the Greenways residential development, city officials fear the consequence of pumping water from private property and possibly affecting other residents.
It’s one thing to have practical knowledge of how to react to lack of moisture. It’s quite another to acquire it quickly when we’ve got too much of it.