Heavy rains prompt CISD facility closures, closure of access to Comal and Guadalupe rivers in New Braunfels

Following a night of heavy rainfall, city officials announced that access to the Comal and Guadalupe rivers in New Braunfels will be temporarily closed Oct. 14. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Following a night of heavy rainfall, city officials announced that access to the Comal and Guadalupe rivers in New Braunfels will be temporarily closed Oct. 14. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Following a night of heavy rainfall, city officials announced that access to the Comal and Guadalupe rivers in New Braunfels will be temporarily closed Oct. 14. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Following a night of heavy rainfall, city officials announced that access to the Comal and Guadalupe rivers in New Braunfels will be temporarily closed Oct. 14.

At 7 a.m., the city of New Braunfels reported the river flow of the Comal River to be 3,680 cubic feet per second, and the river flow of the Guadalupe River was 5,740 cfs.

Normal river flows on the Comal and Guadalupe rivers are 200-350 cfs and 100-500 cfs, respectively. Flows are determined by water levels of the Edwards Aquifer, rain runoff, flows from the Comal Springs and the outflow of Canyon Dam, which is set by the Army Corps of Engineers.

Both rivers are experiencing poor water quality, swift-moving water and debris, according to the city press release.

Due to the dangerous conditions, the New Braunfels police chief ordered the closure of access to the Comal River and the portion of the Guadalupe River within city limits.


City officials are due to re-evaluate river conditions Oct. 15 to determine when river use can resume.

The severe weather also led to the closure of all Comal ISD campuses and departments the morning of Oct. 14.

Residual flooding and road debris in some parts of the district created unsafe conditions for school buses, according to a CISD press release, and many areas remain inaccessible.

As a result, the district announced the closure of all facilities and is expected to release further communications regarding extracurricular activities and events scheduled for Oct.14.

New Braunfels ISD campuses are open and operating under the regular daily schedule, but students will not be considered tardy due to weather-related travel delays. Several bus routes were delayed as a result of high water levels on some area roads.
By Lauren Canterberry

Reporter, New Braunfels

Lauren joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in October 2019. After graduating with a degree in journalism from the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, Lauren was a freelance journalist and worked as a college English teacher in China. At CI, Lauren covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in New Braunfels.



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