Frio River Flooding of July 2002

Excessive rainfall in the Nueces River Basin led to flash flooding and eventually Record river flooding along the Frio River at Tilden. The previous record of 29.80 feet was set on June 28, 1997.

Beginning Monday afternoon July 1, the Frio River began to quickly rise from approximately 2 feet to 25 feet by late Monday evening July 1, surpassing the flood stage of 22 feet. The river continued to slowly rise over the next 9 days cresting at a new record high of 30.06 feet at 10:30 AM CDT July 10, 2002.

This flood caused extensive inundation from Tilden to Choke Canyon reservoir. See Photos

Click for Frio River Forecast Statistics at Tilden

Frio River Graphs

Graph of River All Time Record Graph

The graph on the left depicts the preliminary unofficial river reading from the gauge in Tilden 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. is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.