Following the heavy rains New Braunfels experienced over the weekend, access to the Comal River in New Braunfels for recreation has reopened.

According to, Comal County residents are experiencing the 18th wettest April on record over the past 129 years. The Comal River flow is at approximately 168 cubic feet per second, according to Comal County.

Minor amounts of debris have been cleaned up by city staff, and the clarity of the water on the Comal River is beginning to return to normal. However, rivergoers should still be cautious about debris that may not be visible under the water’s surface. The use of life vests while participating in any water-related activity is highly encouraged, the city said in a news release.

According to the city, recreation on the Guadalupe River inside the city limits of New Braunfels was not affected by recent rains, and access to the Guadalupe River remains open for recreation.

Forecasters with the National Weather Service are predicting additional thunderstorms over the next several days. And local law enforcement encourages residents to be aware of flooding on roads and never drive around barricades.

“It sounds cliche but the whole, Turn Around Don't Drown,” New Braunfels firefighter John Sippel said. “Just even though you think that you have a truck or whatever, it doesn't look too high, just don't drive through it.”

Roads and low-water crossing preparations
  • City street crews continue to prestage barricades at low-water crossings and other areas prone to street flooding.
  • Should road closures become necessary, residents can find updated local road closure information on the city of New Braunfels website.
“The New Braunfels Fire Department is calling in additional staff to ensure evacuation boats was ready for deployment if circumstances dictate,” Fire Chief Ruy Lozano said. “We are fortunate that city leadership has responsibility invested in evacuation boats, rescue equipment; to include personal floatation devices, and swift water rescue training for all NBFD firefighters.”