The Watershed Protection Department is coordinating the response to a slope failure or landslide. The landslide occurred along Shoal Creek just north of Pease Park.
January 16, 2020: We are shifting our efforts from slope stabilization to flood risk reduction in response to the landslide. The landslide partially blocked the creek. We are in the planning stage for a project to restore the flood capacity of the creek and protect parkland from further erosion.This project helps address public safety issues that arose from the landslide and helps protect public property and infrastructure. It does not include a slope stabilization component.
Austin Water and Austin Parks and Recreation will also pursue separate projects to construct a permanent, new wastewater line and reconstruct a segment of the Shoal Creek Greenbelt Trail. Staff will seek community input for the trail.
Partial removal of debris from Shoal Creek
Widening of creek to route water around the remaining material from the landslide
Continued monitoring and removal of any additional material that slides inot the creek.
The map shows where the landslide occurred and the trail detour. Click on the map to see a larger, printable version.
On Friday, May 4, 2018, there was a landslide on a cliff that overlooks Shoal Creek. No one was injured, but there was significant damage to public and private property.
Part of the Shoal Creek Greenbelt Trail was destroyed.
Debris is partially blocking Shoal Creek. This makes it more likely that Shoal Creek will flood Lamar Boulevard between 24th and 29th Streets. We have removed some vegetation to help offset this risk.
A wastewater line was broken.
Some homes lost large sections of their backyards.
An stormdrain outfall on Wooldridge Dr. was damaged.
What caused the landslide?
The natural geology of the area is prone to slope failures. Fractured limestone sits on top of a clay layer that weakens when it gets wet.
A public meeting was held in July 2018.
Wooldridge Dr. Emergency Storm Drain Project
We have rerouted a storm drain system on Wooldridge Drive.