All river flow measurements were taken on Saturday, August 29, 2020. All river crossing measurements decreased from last measurements. Our area is in desperate need of plentiful rain showers. All river crossings have gravel and debris clogging several pipes.
The Nueces River crossing at Highway 55 South of Camp Wood near the dam decreased its flow from 24,697 gpm (gallons per minute) at last measurement to a current reading of 20,559 gpm. The McDonald Road crossing decreased from 13,661 gpm to a current measurement of 11,831 gpm.
The South Llano River dips into northern Edwards County where it borders Kimble County and crosses Highway 377 twice. For the crossing at Telegraph, the South Llano measured a flow of 45,068 gpm from the last measurement of 46,364 gpm. The Evergreen School crossing also decreased to 46,466 gpm from the last measurement of 47,412 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 flow of 235 gpm from 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 flow of 4,456 gpm from last measurement of 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 a flow of 5,611 gpm from last measurement 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 measured 2,501 gpm down from last measurement of 3,215 gpm.
Traveling east on FM 1120 past the Alto Frio Baptist Encampment (also known as Fulgham’s Crossing), the flow decreased from 7,909 gpm to a current flow of 4,939 gpm.
August rainfall was highly variable across our two counties leaving us hot and dry as we move into September. Both Edwards and Real counties remain in a Burn Ban as well as Stage 2 Drought status. Be aware of fire hazards as well as dropping water levels due to heat, wind and lack of rain. And pray for relief from this dry season!