Portions of the Edwards Aquifer recharge zone received significant rainfall this week.
The J-17 well is now reading five feet higher than it was about three weeks ago, according to the U.S. National Weather Service Austin-San Antonio.
This past week, much of Texas saw widespread two- to three-inches of rainfalls, with the highest amounts exceeding eight inches, spanning from Fort Worth to the Texas Hill Country.
The rain triggered isolated minor to moderate river flooding in several river basins, including the Llano, Middle Brazos, Upper Trinity and Upper Nueces basins, according to the U.S. National Weather Service West Gulf River Forecast Center.
The heavy rain did not affect Canyon Lake’s level, which was 63.6% full at 889.69 feet a week ago and is 63.5% full at 880.64 feet full today.
However, flow rates on the upper Guadalupe River — which feeds directly into Canyon Lake — are expected to reach 250 cfs by Sunday. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority (GBRA) determine release rates from Canyon Reservoir into the lower Guadalupe at Sattler.
Soil moisture rapidly improved and should be reflected in next week’s drought monitor update.