Atascosa River Flooding of July, 2002

Excessive rainfall in the Nueces River Basin led to flash flooding and eventually major river flooding along the Atascosa River near Whitsett.

Beginning Monday afternoon July 1, the Atascosa River was slowly falling below 5 feet. But Monday night the river rose sharply, reaching flood stage of 20 feet by midnight. The river continued to rise cresting at 28.23 feet by noon Tuesday July 2nd.

During the next six days, the river slowly fell, dropping below flood stage on July 9th. See Photos

This flood was the fourth highest flood on record, with the record flood occurred on Sept 23, 1967, when Hurricane Beulah made landfall on the Texas coast.

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Atascosa River Graphs

Graph of River All Time Record Graph

The graph on the left depicts the preliminary unofficial river reading from the gauge in Whitsett from July 1-15, 2002. The blue line is the actual measurement of the river in feet. The colored lines depict the collection of forecasts issued by the National Weather Service West Gulf River Forecast Center in Fort Worth, Texas. River forecasts were updated every 12 hours during the event, and more frequently during the height of the flood.


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