The floodplain of Waller Creek is 800 feet wide at points, potentially flooding significant areas of downtown. Waller Creek can quickly go from calm conditions to a raging torrent during a storm. Over the years, the creek has experienced many devastating floods, and lives have been lost. The lower portion of the creek ranks among the City’s worst in terms of flooding, water quality and erosion. Businesses and parts of some downtown parks adjacent to Waller Creek are currently at risk for severe flooding. Along with the flood problem, the area also suffers from severe stream bank erosion and from large amounts of trash.