Flooding in Nueces River Could Fill Lake Corpus Christi to Capacity

All the rains this past few weeks are about to have a dramatic impact in the Coastal Bend. According to the National Weather Service, Lake Corpus Christi could be back to its full capacity.

"This is major flooding heading down the Nueces River," NWS Science Officer Michael Buchanan said.

Buchanan said the beneficial rains are now creating flooding situations along the Nueces River. The flood stages along its route have in some cases made record crests, reaching or nearing some flood records of the past.

The flood wave is just now reaching the Three Rivers area and will go up substantially Friday night. It's expected to crest around 40-feet by Saturday afternoon.

What that means further down the Nueces River should come as good news for folks who live around Lake Corpus Christi.

"We're looking at a decent possibility of Lake Corpus Christi filling up from this flood wave headed down the Nueces River, which is a significant increase from what the lake is at right now," Buchanan said. "In the last couple of years, it's been going down and down because we've had a longstanding drought, as all of our listeners know, so this is significant change."

Buchanan said it will not be the first time Lake Corpus Christi has been filled up after a long drought. Steady rains such as the ones we're getting now helped bring the lake back to life some 10 years ago.


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