Significant rains of 15 plus inches fell in the Coleto Creek basin which is located over western Dewitt, western Victoria and eastern Goliad counties. These rains produced a rapid rise on the Coleto Creek gauges upstream from the Coleto Creek Reservoir near Schroeder.
The water forced the reservoir officials to open the flood gates at the dam. The flow from the dam during the height of the event was measured over 40,000 cfs. Downstream the flow measured at the Highway 59 bridge was 21,037 feet, which reached a level of 22.33 feet.
How does this flood compare to the flood of record? During Hurricane Beulah, Sept 23, 1967, Coleto Creek crested at 42.0 feet. This equates to a flow of 236,000 cfs.
Below you will see a graph of Coleto Creek as measured from the gauge at the Highway 59 bridge. In addition the following photographs show what the Creek looked like at the Highway 59 bridge near the height of the flood. On a normal day Coleto Creek is just a trickle.
Coleto Creek Photos