Gaudalupe River flowing faster after dam failure

Water flows from a spill gate that failed at the dam at Lake Dunlap in Guadalupe County on Tuesday.

The Guadalupe River is flowing faster in the Crossroads because officials were releasing water from one lake upstream at the same time equipment failed on another.

Just before 8 a.m. Tuesday, a spill gate at the dam at Lake Dunlap failed.

Lake Dunlap is located on the northwest border of Guadalupe County near New Braunfels. The Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority manages the lake, which stores 5,900 acre-feet of water.

Because the Army Corps of Engineers is releasing water from Canyon Lake, which is upstream of Lake Dunlap, GBRA is unable to immediately investigate why the spill gate failed and repair it, GBRA spokeswoman Patty Gonzales said Wednesday.

”And with the rain we’ve had recently, it could be several weeks,” Gonzales said of making repairs.

Gonzales urged those who use the river downstream to be cautious of the faster flow and debris.

About 1 p.m. Wednesday, the river was flowing at 3,570 cubic feet per second in Victoria, above the average flow of 2,900 cfs, according to the U.S. Geological Survey and the National Weather Service. The water level was also 12.56 feet there.

At the same time, the river in Bloomington was in the minor flood stage at a level of 22.11 feet and flowing 4,790 cfs.

Jessica Priest reports on the environment and Calhoun County for the Victoria Advocate. She may be reached at or 361-580-6521.

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