Recent rains experienced in the western watershed area have entered Lake Corpus Christi, causing a steady increase in stored water volume in the reservoir.
The City of Corpus Christi says they have been monitoring inflows and adjusting releases to prevent downstream flooding.
This morning, lake levels at the Wesley Seale Dam reached 94 feet elevation, which is 100% capacity.
River gauges on the Nueces River near Tilden and Three Rivers continue to note above normal water flow.
The city anticipates additional water to continue to enter Lake Corpus Christi and is monitoring these inflows to adjust releases as needed. The goal is to balance the structural integrity of the dam and flooding downstream.
Water being released currently due to full capacity levels of Lake Corpus Christi is being credited toward environmental flow requirements. The city is required to pass-thru water from the dam as environmental flow according to the city’s water rights authorization.
Freshwater pass-thru to the estuaries is beneficial to keep bays healthy and nature tourism economy strong.
The city says it will continue to monitor flood gauges downstream of the dam and notify residents of any changes.
With Lake Corpus Christi at 100% capacity and Choke Canyon Reservoir at 32%, the combined storage of the reservoirs is now 51.6%.
The city remains in Stage 1 of the Drought Contingency Plan.