Canyon Lake Area Sees 2-3 Inches of Rain but Reservoir Level Unchanged

Comal County road crews were out in full force today, dealing with minor flooding around the area. Image courtesy of Pct. 4 County Commissioner Jen Crownover.

Rain chances ramp back up early Tuesday and minor flooding could be back in the forecast with two or more inches of additional rain expected on Tuesday and Wednesday.

There is a marginal risk of severe storms.

The U.S. National Weather Service Austin-San Antonio said these storms follow rainfall of between two to four inches that fell locally Sunday night into today. The heaviest rain focused along the coastal plains with activity winding down along and west of the I-35 corridor.

The Texas Department of Emergency Management (TDEM) warns drivers to ‘turn around, don’t drown’ by avoiding flooded roads and barricades.

Comal County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) today reported road closures on Smithson Valley Road, Altgelt Lane, Hueco Springs Loop, York Creek, River Road at Little Ponderosa, Schoenthal Road, Hoffman Lane and Krueger Canyon at Walt Road.

The City of New Braunfels closed the Comal River through Tuesday after flow rates jumped to 720 cubic-feet-per-second (cfs), causing poor water clarity and minor amounts of debris along the riverbanks and at the the Tube Chute dam. Heavy rains also increased the flow of the Guadalupe River in New Braunfels to 1,050 cfs, automatically banning kayakers and tubers from the river.

The flow rate for the Guadalupe River at Spring Branch, which feeds into Canyon Lake, rose briefly from around 38.3 cfs to 442. 2 cfs. It is at 38.3 as of 9:20 p.m. For live updates on flow rates along the Guadalupe River visit  this page operated by the U.S. Geological Survey. For realtime streamflow data on the Comal River, click here.

The heavy rain brought negligible relief to drought-stricken Canyon Lake, which measured 887.13 feet or 59.6% full at 12:30 a.m. today. By 8:42 p.m. today, the lake’s elevation had risen to 887.37 feet.

Canyon Lake is now 59.8% full.


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