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2012-02-23

Run-off rainfall blesses Bandera County

By Carolyn B. Edwards BCC Staff Writer

We're still quite a few inches short of anyone declaring an end to the persistent drought that has been plaguing Bandera County for months now. But last weekend's refreshing rains provided the first major run-off of water in some time. Residents slogging through running water to the Post Office, sports games, and Loyd Mayes' auction at the Pipe Creek Community Center just raised their umbrellas and smiled.

According to official rainfall measurements by Anton Haner in Tarpley, that area of the county received an inch and three-quarters Thursday-Saturday.

Rainfall in the Medina area was somewhat heavier, with Karen Eby reporting two inches at her place. The USGS gage at Moffatt Park showed a flow of 4.60 cubic feet per second, up from 4.38 cfs last month.

Medina Community Library Director Randy Solis reported a month-to-date total of 2.54 inches. The year-to-date total is 5.79 inches.

In Bandera, the flow at the dam in City Park on Feb. 14 was just over 10 cubic feet per second, but on Feb. 18 it jumped to an impressive 200 cfs, flowing heavily over the dam Saturday morning. By Tuesday, Feb. 21, the flow had dropped back down to around 30 cfs.

In 29 years of keeping records at the dam, the USGS says the minimum flow for Feb. 21 was 15 cfs in 2009; the maximum was 540 cfs in 1992.

The gage height in feet on Feb. 14 was 3.8, jumped up to 5.3 feet on Saturday, Feb. 18, and was back down to 4.12 feet on Tuesday, Feb. 21
Rainfall in Bandera measured around one and a half inches.

Pipe Creekers reported measurements from one and half inches to 2-inches, depending upon whether or not the folks had dumped out the spiders and webs in the bottom of the gauge.

The rain pattern fizzled out as it headed south toward Medina Lake, with residents there toting up only a little over a half inch.

However, the upstream moisture contributed to a little rise in the lake level. The surface level sat at 1011.56 feet on Feb. 16, but rose to 1011.91 feet by Feb. 21. That measurement is 52.29 feet below the spillway crest of 1064.2.

Pictured: It's been awhile since anyone got stuck in the mud in Bandera County, but the garbage truck came close following last week's welcome rainfall.