Delaware Springs


Pilot makes emergency helo landing

From Staff Reports

The pilot of a private helicopter made an emergency landing with no loss of life not far from Kate Craddock Field in Burnet Saturday, Sept. 2.

The crash occurred at about 4:30 p.m. when the aircraft, a Hughes 369 A, lost power, according to reports attributed to the Federal Aeronautics Administration (FAA).

The helicopter came to rest on its side by US 281 about 200 feet south of the entrance to Delaware Springs. Two occupants went by ambulance to the hospital with injuries described as “non-life threatening,” one with a possible broken ankle. Two others, including the pilot were uninjured, said Burnet Police Chief Paul Nelson.

“The Department of Public Safety works all airplane and helicopter crashes, even within the city, but we were assisting on the scene,” said Nelson.

The Burnet Fire Department covered the copter with fire-retardant foam.


City approves upgraded egress routes in case of Delaware Springs flooding



Completion of a drainage study in Delaware Springs led city staff to recommend bolstering two ingress and egress paths in the community for flood safety.

In mid-November, council authorized a design engineer to complete a drainage study for the community. Burnet City Manager David Vaughn said a city engineer did a similar study for comparison.

“Both engineers were very close. The city engineer was within one or two inches different than the (contracted) design engineer,” he said.

Vaughn said while the study was designed within the 25-year flood plan, he would prefer to be prepared for more severe flood conditions.

“We would like to see a road for egress to a 100-year flood plan,” he said, adding that city staff recommended council approve $55,000 to upgrade two egress roadways.

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