Lake Corpus Christi is at full capacity for the first time since 2015.
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Those living along Lake Corpus Christi have noticed a recent change in their backyard. Many have raised concern as recent northwest rains have caused unusually high levels of stored water and the possibility of flooding.
Julie Ramos, a Mathis resident, has lived here for two years. She said within the past four days, her backyard has changed drastically.
"The water, it's just been elevating," Ramos said. "Every day it gets higher and higher. We've never seen it like this before."
As of today, stored water levels reached 94 feet, putting the lake at 100 percent capacity. The last time the lake was at full capacity, was in July of 2015.
"We have a neighbor here that's lived here for 20 years," Ramos said. "And she said it's never been this high before, ever."
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Since levels began to rise, officials have been monitoring it. To help with flooding concerns, they opened three flood-gates at the Wesley Seale Dam.
Officials are also adjusting water releases to prevent downstream flooding. But despite the city's efforts, concerns are still raised among residents.
"We're just trying to process all this," Ramos said. "We're worried it's going to come up on to our cement, our grass, and start damaging things around the house."
The rise in water levels is also affecting the Drought Contingency Plan. Right now, the city is in Stage 1, which means voluntary conservation. The combined storage of the reservoirs is at 51%. When levels rise to 60% and stay there for 15 days, the city will consider lifting Stage 1.
The city anticipates additional water to flow into Lake Corpus Christi. But for now, flood gates will be open for another three to six days depending on whether conditions. If it were to rain, that could change.
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