City Plans to Release Incoming Floodwaters from Lake Corpus Christi
City officials have been closely monitoring the water flow into Lake Corpus Christi due to the rains earlier in the month in Dimmit and LaSalle Counties. The most recent forecasts are predicting Lake Corpus Christi to fill and exceed the capacity of Wesley Seale Dam. In order to limit downstream flooding of the Nueces River and reduce possible damage to the dam, officials will begin releasing floodwaters beginning tomorrow.
“The effects of the releases will be seen starting on Saturday morning in the Calallen area,” said Brian Butscher, deputy director of water operations. “By addressing the situation early, the hope is to minimize downstream flooding with a controlled approach,” added Butscher. This includes moderate flooding along low-lying areas near the Nueces River, including possible residential areas. A portion of La Bonte Park may also be affected.
Lake Corpus Christi levels have risen nearly four feet in the past two days. The City continues to monitor the situation with the help of the National Weather Service which include forecast of potential flooding and model Lake Corpus Christi water levels. At this time, the City has not announced any evacuation notices and will notify the public if the situation changes.