(Seguin) -- The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for all of South Central Texas including Seguin and Guadalupe County. The watch continues through Friday morning due to a slow moving upper level low.
The forecast for the local area points toward significant flash flooding across the region. The upper level low creates conditions ripe for heavy rainfall in areas where there has already reportedly been a lot of rain.
The weather pattern continues through most of the week with rain chances and totals possibly increasing further than the three to six isolated 10 inches. There will be multiple rounds of storms, some during the day, some at night. The National Weather Service San Antonio/Austin office says it’s difficult to pinpoint times and locations or who or when the heaviest rain will occur.
“Whenever we see a possibility for high water on roadways, we have to remind folks to ‘Turn Around, Don’t Drown.’ We lose more people to flash flooding than any other weather hazard in our part of Texas. It’s critical to stay up-to-date with current weather situation – now through the end of the week. Also, if you see barricades blocking low water crossings or other flood prone areas – DO NOT go around them. They are there to keep you away from a potentially dangerous situation,” said Morgan Ash, public information officer.
Greg Dreiss, the City of Seguin’s Emergency Management Coordinator, says the city has been working diligently to make sure all of the emergency sirens along the river are maintained and working properly.
“If you haven’t already signed up with REAN – Regional Emergency Alerts Network - Now is the time to do it. Just go to SeguinTexas.gov and click on the link located on the homepage. It takes just a few minutes to complete, and if you live near the river, it could save your life,” said Dreiss.
Upon hearing the sirens, residents are asked to tune into AM 1580 KWED for detailed information on what is going on in the area. Those who have any questions regarding the emergency sirens or signing up for REAN alerts may contact the PIO’s office at 830-386-2590 or the Citizen’s Relations Coordinator at 830-401-2445.
Folks, who live along Lake Nolte, also known as Meadowlake, may notice the water flow is a little higher on Wednesday. The gates at the hydroelectric lake on the Guadalupe River were stuck in the up position, and that was slowing down that water. It's producing conditions roughly the equivalent to 6,000 cubic feet per second. GBRA crews were on site Wednesday morning, and were working to get the gates repaired.