Nueces River to Bring Heavy Rains from McMullen County to the Watershed

Heavy rains fell in a large part of our watershed on Sunday, and now, all of that water is making its way down the Nueces River, causing waters to rise over its banks.

A few miles south of Tilden, on Highway 16 at the Nueces River Bridge, water is being measured at a stream flow measuring station. So far, some 21 feet of water is flowing through that part of the Nueces River, and it's flooding the riverbanks.

Ranchers have had to move their cattle to higher ground because of the flooding -- a result of rains that have hit the area and sent tens of thousands of gallons of water rushing down the Nueces River.

"This rainfall is a blessing. It's been kind of spotty over the past year. Some get a big rain, others get a trace," said Isaac Cavazos, McMullen County Extension Agent. "It seems this weekend it was more widespread, and like always, we'll take whatever we can get when we can get it."

Neither the rain nor the flooding seems to have had any affect on the oil boom in the area. Hundreds of oil tankers and trucks continue to move their product through town.

Up in Three Rivers, however, the Nueces River might cause some problems this weekend. That's because the water level right now is at about 10 feet, but by Sunday, it's supposed to rise to 29 feet. Residents living nearby may have to be evacuated.

Right now, though, no one could be found complaining about all the water. McMullen County Commissioner Murray Swaim, who is also a rancher, said we've been in a drought too long to complain about the river filling up.

"We can always use rain. It doesn't matter when it comes," Swaim said. "We've been dry for way too long. We're good. We'll take it anytime."

The good news in McMullen County is that the Nueces River is not going to be flooding major highways, but it is going to be bringing a lot of much needed drought relief to Lake Corpus Christi. The National Weather Service said that Lake Corpus Christi is forecasted to rise five to 10 feet by early November.


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