All river flow measurements were taken on Friday, April 30, 2021. Even with the glorious rain we received, the U.S. Drought Monitor predicts drought conditions to intensify through the end of July. Be aware that our area will likely see decreasing water well levels and river flows.
REMINDER: Both Edwards and Real counties are in a Stage 3 Drought status. Now is the time to begin conserving water by consuming less and using efficiently. And pray for relief!
The Nueces River crossing at Highway 55 South of Camp Wood near the dam increased its flow from the last measurement taken April 15, 2021, from 25,804 gpm to a current reading of 32,473 gpm. Interestingly, the Nueces River at McDonald Road crossing decreased from 20,655 gpm to a current measurement of 16,392 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 slight decrease in flow to 34,361 gpm from the last measurement of 36,775 gpm. The Evergreen School crossing slightly increased to 33,056 gpm from the last measurement of 32,956 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. Kent Creek crossing had a slight decreased flow of 792 gpm from the April 15, 2021 measurement of 874 gpm. Also, on RR336 is Rancho Real where the west prong of the Frio River twists and meanders. At the first crossing in Rancho Real, there was also a slight increased flow of 5,548 gpm from 4,163 gpm two weeks ago.
On U.S. 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 increased flow of 5,386 gpm from the measurement two weeks ago of 2,640 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 measured an increase to 4,067 gpm from last measurement of 3,027 gpm.
Traveling east on FM 1120 past the Alto Frio Baptist Encampment (also known as Fulgham’s Crossing), the flow decreased to 9,889 gpm from 10, 275 gpm at last measurement two weeks ago.