Water rises in Twin Buttes Watersheds


In just four days, the Twin Buttes reservoir gained more than 11,000 acre feet of water. The three rivers that feed into Twin Buttes are swollen with water Tuesday.

Water levels in the North and South Pools continue to rise, as more water filters into the pools. The most significant increase can be seen at the South Concho Watershed, near Christoval. The area received 6 to 10 inches of rain and at its highest recorded point, almost 7,000 cubic feet of water was flowing per second.

The South Concho River in Christoval is rapidly flowing after four days of heavy rains.
USGS data shows at one point Sunday, the river flowed at almost 7,000 feet per second. Precinct 4 Commissioner Bill Ford said the rain buys time for everybody.
"This is a game-changer for West Texas and for Tom Green County, especially in San Angelo," stated Ford passionately. "I mean... we have been fighting, talking, arguing, spending money about water for years now."

Ford said he has not seen the South Concho flow like this in almost 10 years.

"I haven't seen this since '05. We saw it like this; but, it wasn't as long.... only like a day and this has been going on since Saturday," continued Ford.

The South Concho River is one of three waterways that feed into Twin Buttes ... along with Spring and Dove Creeks.

"Reports the Middle Concho had come up and Dove Creek had come up. I think the only one that's not moving much is Spring Creek; but, I guess it didn't rain much in Midland," Ford stated.

Here at Dove Creek, the watershed collected anywhere from 4 to 7 inches of rain ... which means the water level in the river rose to almost 12 feet deep.

"I don't see any downside to any of it. Even if we're letting water out of Lake Nasworthy, it's going to Lake Ivie which we share with those other cities, Abilene and Midland."

Read more about:

      the Dove Creek data here.

      the South Concho River information here.

      the Spring Creek current conditions here.

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