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Rivers rise, weekend flooding expected

June 10, 2010 at 1:10 a.m.

Several buses lie wrapped around trees after an early morning flash flood along the Guadalupe River on Wednesday in Gruene.

The Guadalupe River is expected to rise almost seven feet above flood stage and cause moderate flooding from Saturday afternoon until Tuesday afternoon.

As of 8:15 p.m. Thursday, the river was at 8.4 feet but is expected to rise above the 21-foot flood stage by Saturday afternoon.

The flooding is caused by enormous rainfall in the San Antonio area Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.

"All that excessive rainfall is what's coming down the Guadalupe," said Greg Wilk, meteorologist with the Corpus Christi National Weather Service.

The weather service predicts flood levels to reach 27.9 feet by Sunday evening.

At 28 feet, most of Riverside Park and the low-lying parts of the golf course and Texas Zoo can flood.

Louis Martinez, who works at the golf course, said the course usually isn't affected until flood levels reach 29 feet.

Doug Giles, board president for the Texas Zoo, said the zoo has protocol and water pumps in the event of flooding, but that he's not worried about this weekend's levels.

"The zoo has discussed it, and we are prepared. It's not anything that we haven't seen before," Giles said.

O.C. Garza, public information officer for Victoria, said the city only anticipates possibly having to close the lowest crossings in Riverside Park.

"If it stays at the levels they predict, we shouldn't have many issues," Garza said.

In Goliad, the San Antonio River is expected to crest at 17.5 feet Saturday afternoon or evening causing livestock to be cutoff downstream where the Guadalupe and San Antonio River meet, Wilk said.

Flood stage in Goliad is 25 feet.

Wilk advised residents stay away from potentially flooded areas.

"You don't want to go into areas that are flooded and you don't know how deep the water is," Wilk said.



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