SJRA implements severe weather protocols for Lake Conroe

The San Jacinto River Authority is implementing its standard protocols for severe weather in expectation of 4-6 inches of heavy rain over the next three days, according to a press release.

The standard severe weather protocol includes establishing 24-hour operational schedules, testing all equipment, positioning generators and fuels, and activating its reservoir operations center.

Lake Conroe has received less than a quarter of an inch of rain over the past 24 hours, according to the release, which was published at noon. The lake stabilized at 201.43 feet over sea level since the rain stopped May 9, about 5 inches above normal levels.

The SJRA is still releasing water at the regular rate of 2,130 cubic feet at this time.

Based on the current forecast, the SJRA expects Lake Conroe to not exceed 203 feet over sea level, and releases are expected to remain at a moderate less than 6,000 cubic feet; however, this could change as the weather comes along this weekend.

The SJRA is also preparing for potential short-term, high-intensity rain and flash floods.

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By Jules Rogers

Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Jules Rogers has been covering community journalism and urban trade news since 2014. She moved to Houston in June 2018 to become an editor with Community Impact Newspaper after four years of reporting for various newspapers affiliated with the Portland Tribune in Oregon, including two years at the Portland Business Tribune. Before that, Jules spent time reporting for the Grants Pass Daily Courier in Southern Oregon. Her favorite beats to cover are business, economic development and urban planning.


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