Nueces River Flooding of July, 2002

Excessive rainfall in the Nueces River Basin led to flash flooding and eventually major river flooding along the Nueces River from Cotulla to Calallen.

The flooding across the Nueces River Basin began on July 1st. A River Flood Statement was first issued for the Nueces River early on the 1st. As the rain continued this statement was followed by Flash Flood warnings across many of our western counties. Things began snow-balling as the day progressed and by the afternoon of the 1st, flooding was in full tilt across the northern areas of the Nueces Basin. Thunderstorms and heavy rain continued off and on from the 1st through the 16th.

The Nueces at Cotulla went above flood stage for the first time for this event on the afternoon of the 1st. As the evening progressed the rain continued and caused many of the smaller rivers and creeks across the area to approach, or exceed flood stages.

July the 1st was a precursor of what was to be, in many areas, record, or near record floods.

Nueces River at Cotulla Statistics
Nueces River south of Tilden Statistics
Nueces River at Three Rivers Statistics
Nueces River at Mathis Statistics
Nueces River at Bluntzer Statistics
Nueces River at Calallen Statistics


Nueces River Graphs

Graph of River All Time Record Graph

The graph on the left depicts the preliminary unofficial river reading from the gauge in Cotulla 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.



 

Graph of River All Time Record Graph

The graph on the left depicts the preliminary unofficial river reading from the gauge 11 miles south of 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.



 

Graph of River All Time Record Graph

The graph on the left depicts the preliminary unofficial river reading from the gauge at Three Rivers 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.



 

Graph of River All Time Record Graph

The graph on the left depicts the preliminary unofficial river reading from the gauge at Mathis 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.



 

Graph of River All Time Record Graph

The graph on the left depicts the preliminary unofficial river reading from the gauge at Bluntzer from July 1-15, 2002. The blue line is the actual measurement of the river in feet. Bluntzer is not an official forecast site but may become one in the coming year.



 

Graph of River All Time Record Graph

The graph on the left depicts the preliminary unofficial river reading from the gauge at Calallen 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.

Nueces River Photos


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