Heavy rains continue to cause a flood of problems for one of Plano’s mainstays and home to several championship horses.
The owner of Mill-Again Stables said she believes she has found the source of the ongoing problems and needs the town to act.
After the floods subsided, Candee Carlson walked past her horse stable on the banks of Brown Ranch Creek to see what was left behind.
Brown Ranch Creek behind Mill-Again Stables in East Plano on June 8, 2021.
A roll of paper towel, an inflated volleyball and other debris show how high the water has risen.
There are also several fallen trees in the streambed and others leaning out, including on the verge of falling in.
She said this worsened the flooding events on her property by backing up the water and forcing it to pour out.
Carlson asks the town to come in and clean up the debris and fallen trees so the water can more easily flow through.
The property along East Parker Road is on a flood plain, but Carlson said they saw floods more severe than normal for the area.
A storm surge in mid-May almost destroyed their stables and training facility.
“We have to make sure that these dams don’t happen again and again. Our business is definitely not going to survive, ”said Carlson.
She said she believes the city of Plano may not be fully aware of the scale of the problem, resulting in the maintenance of Brown Ranch Creek being overlooked.
“I feel like this part of the creek has been neglected for so long, I don’t think they’re thinking about it,” Carlson said. “Your focus is currently on the developed places where the houses are. “How do we keep these streams clean and moving?” But if we don’t move, they won’t move. “
NBC 5 asked the city of Plano what, if anything, is being done to fix flooded lots along streams.
In the case of Brown Ranch Creek, near Mill-Again Stables, Caleb Thornhill, Plano’s engineering director, said the land on which the property sits is actually a flood plain.
“From a design standpoint, it does what it should,” Thornhill said of the creek.
The city has established the Fix It Plano program to report debris in all streams in the city, including along floodplain areas.
Plano has 120 miles of creeks, according to Thornhill.
Maintenance work can be limited to keep the streams in their natural shape.
The city had to prioritize areas most prone to flooding after weeks of heavy rainfall and lots of service requests, Thornhill said.
“I’ve been in town for a little over seven years and this spring is probably the worst violent storm we’ve ever had,” he said.
Carlson hopes help arrives before they’re finally underwater.