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Sanderson Flood

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In 1965, the greatest flood to ever hit West Texas overwhelmed Sanderson when Three Mile Draw and Sanderson Creek crested 15 feet high and traveled at more than 14 miles per hour to devastate the town. On today's Nature Notes, a look back at why the U.S. Soil Conservation Service recommended constructing 11 dams to moderate the flow of water from watersheds, some along Highway 90 and west of Highway 285 near Sanderson.