Real-Edwards Conservation & Reclamation District River Flows taken August 4, 2020
All river flow measurements were taken on Tuesday, August 4, 2020. Most of the river crossing measurements increased from last month due to the scattered -and much needed- rain showers at the end of July and early August. All river crossings have gravel and debris clogging several pipes.
The Nueces River crossing at Highway 55 South of Camp Wood near the dam increased its flow from 25,177 gpm (gallons per minute) at last measurement to a current reading of 24,697 gpm. Interestingly, the McDonald Road crossing had a slight increase from 12,934 gpm to a current measurement of 13,661 gpm.
The South Llano River dips into northern Edwards County as it borders Kimble County and crosses Highway 377 twice. For the crossing at Telegraph, the South Llano measured a slight increased flow of 46,364 gpm from the last measurement in July of 43,531 gpm. The Evergreen School crossing also increased to 47,412 gpm from the last measurement of 45,754 gpm.
On Ranch Road 336 approximately 10 miles north of Leakey, Kent Creek crosses under the road and flows into the West Prong of the Frio River. This crossing had an increase in flow from 561 gpm to 688 gpm. Also, on RR336 is Rancho Real where the west prong of the Frio River twists and meanders under the first crossing. This measurement showed a slight increase in flow from 4,239 gpm to 5,609 gpm.
On Highway 83 north of Leakey, Mill Creek Road crosses the east prong of the Frio River before it merges with the west prong. This crossing showed an increase from 6,854 gpm to 7,649 gpm.
Following east on Ranch Road 337 and past the cemetery is the serene Leakey Springs tributary that flows into the Frio River. This crossing had an increase from 1,608 gpm to 3,215 gpm.
Traveling east on FM 1120 past the Alto Frio Baptist Encampment (also known as Fulgham’s Crossing), the flow decreased from 9,363 gpm to 7,909 gpm.
Weather forecasts indicate a continuation of dry and hot temperatures with little to no rain. Both Edwards and Real counties remain in a Burn Ban as well as Stage 2 Drought status. Be aware of fire hazards when working outside. Use water cautiously and thoughtfully as water levels drop. And, of course, pray for rain!