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River Level projection decreasing, but high waters still expected

June 11, 2010 at 1:11 a.m.

The Guadalupe River in Riverside Park was at 20.2. feet by 7:48 p.m. Friday and is predicted to rise to 27 feet by early Sunday morning. The swollen river has nearly covered the boat dock area.

The flood warning for Victoria will last until Tuesday, but predicted flood levels for the Guadalupe River continue to drop.

As of 7:48 p.m. Friday, the water was at 20.2 feet. Flood stage begins at 21 feet.

The river is expected to rise to 27.1 feet by early Sunday afternoon. Previous estimates had flood levels reaching 27.9 feet.

Jeb Lacey, emergency management coordinator for Victoria, said he expects flood projections to continue to drop.

The high water is coming down river from the New Braunfels area after heavy rains fell there Wednesday.

Lacey also noted the city has experienced similar levels at least three times in the last two years.

"It's not anything to get in a panic about," Lacey said.

Low-lying parts of Riverside Park and agriculture along the river basin could see the flood's effects, though, Lacey said.

Lacey also reminded people not to cross any roads that have water flowing across them.

"Nobody ever drives through water thinking it's going to drag their car away, but it happens," he said.

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