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Oct 24, 2013 7:12 PM by Caroline Flores - cflores@kristv.com

City Releases Water From Lake Corpus Christi

CORPUS CHRISTI - Lake Corpus Christi is almost half full again. Today the city began releasing water into the Nueces River. The reason behind today's water release is to limit flooding of homes along the Nueces River and to reduce possible damage to the dam out at Lake Corpus Christi.

The water level at Lake Corpus Christi has risen dramatically with all the recent rain. The city expects those levels to rise even more over the next few days. Because workers don't know how much more water will enter the lake, the city is playing it safe. They let some water out into the Nueces River to make more room.

But the release is expected to cause some flooding in areas near the river. This is something residents on the river say they are used to.

"Such is life. We know that this is County Road 73 and we know that some of this is going to happen. So we just kind of have to pay attention," said Julie Ann Munson who lives near the Nueces River on County Road 73.

But because they are used to flooding situations, like back in 2007, they know to prepare for the worst.

"You never know what you're going to get. You don't know if it's gonna... Day by day you don't know until the last minute when they say it's going to be so many minutes, or so many hours, and so many feet. You never know You don't know," said Munson.

So, today residents were doing last minute chores and getting machinery ready to move out of the flood zone.

"We try to take care of all the equipment that's on the ground. And be prepared to go get a motel... if I have to," said County Road 73 resident Julian Favela Jr.

The city says today's water release will serve two purposes. One is to make more room in the lake. The other is to meet mandatory monthly water releases ordered by the state. This keeps fresh water moving through the Nueces River.

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