North Concho is on the rise, runoff heads to O.C. Fisher


The North Concho river is on the rise, sending much needed water to the O.C. Fisher Reservoir.

In Sterling City, the road that leads to the Sterling City Cemetery, Washington Street (County Road 124-P) was closed as the rapidly rising waters piled up debris and breached the road’s guard rails.

A short distance downstream, the low water crossing at Sherwood Lane went from a trickle to a powerful stream of water as the flash flood waters swelled the banks of the river in just a few short minutes.

At Harper Park in Water Valley, the water this morning has risen to the height only about three feet of clearance is between the water and FM 2034’s bridge over the river. The river’s water should reach the FM 2288 bridge at the state park near Grape Creek this morning on its way into the O.C. Fisher Reservoir’s basin.

From the Upper Colorado River Authority, posted at 12:14 a.m. this morning:

…the North Concho River at Sterling City is on a large rise, flowing 3,200 CFS and approaching flood stage level. This flow will make its way through Water Valley Park sometime in the early morning hours and then under the road bridges near Carlsbad and Grape Creek tomorrow afternoon before entering O.C. Fisher Lake basin.

Currently, the Colorado River at Silver, which is above E.V. Spence Reservoir, is on a significant rise. It is now 3 feet above flood stage level and flowing 8,000 CFS . The river flow station indicates it has not peaked as of 11:30 p.m.

Please heed local law enforcement and emergency management warnings in these areas. Do not attempt to drive across low water crossings where water covers the road.

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