EDITOR'S NOTE: This story was updated at 11:21 a.m. Oct. 15 to include roads in Victoria County that will be monitored for potential flooding.
The Guadalupe River is expected to flood this weekend due to heavy rainfall upstream, and the Victoria Office of Emergency Management is encouraging residents to exercise caution.
The National Weather Service predicted that the river will rise above flood stage on Friday and then reach major flood stage on Saturday. The river is expected to crest at about 30 feet, the first time it has reached this level since Hurricane Harvey.
City officials will go door-to-door after lunchtime today in low-lying areas to notify residents of potential flooding.
Residents, farmers and ranchers along the Guadalupe River should closely monitor the river levels and take any necessary precautions.
Roadway flooding is expected in areas near the Guadalupe River and Spring Creek. Residents should stay alert to flooding and should never attempt to drive on flooded roadways.
The City’s Public Works will systematically barricade roads in the City of Victoria as the river rises. The following roadways are being monitored for potential closures:
City of Victoria
- Water from Moody to Vine
- River from Moody to Victoria
- Murray from Moody to Victoria
- Church from Moody to Victoria
- Convent from Moody to Victoria
- Juan Linn from Vine to Victoria
- Constitution from Vine to the west
- Greens Addition Area: Tristan, Valkyrie, Gunther and Wolfram
- Spring Creek Road at the railroad bridge
- South/Glass Street from Main to Water
- River Road
- Smith Road
- Mexico Road
- Tibiletti Road
- Fordyce Road
- Parsifal Road
The Riverside Park boat ramp, Fox’s Bend and Grover’s Bend will close by noon Friday. The majority of Riverside Park will close by 9 p.m. Friday, including Riverside Golf Course. The Children’s Park, the Riverside Soccer Complex, The Texas Zoo and The PumpHouse will remain accessible.
The park closure schedule is subject to change as the City’s Parks & Recreation staff continue to monitor the river level. Residents should not attempt to enter barricaded areas of the park.
For the latest river level forecasts from the National Weather Service, visit water.weather.gov.
For updated information about severe weather and other local emergencies, visit Victoria OEM on Facebook.