1998 Flood Video

On Friday, October 16, 1998, a rare combination of the remnants of a hurricane over Mexico combined with a cool front and moisture from the Gulf of Mexico created conditions for significant rainfall in Bexar, Comal, Hays, Guadalupe, and Gonzales counties. By early Saturday, October 17, rainfall and satellite images indicated potential for a major flood event that was magnified by hours of training effect as new rainfall cells continued to develop and move through the area. At 6:30 P.M. the New Braunfels gauge peaked at approximately 39.2 feet or 19.2 feet above flood level. An estimated 130,000 - 180,000 cubic feet per second of water rushed through the city of New Braunfels. It peaked several days later, downstream in Cuero with a flow rate estimate of 473,000 cfs and then in Victoria with a flow rate estimate of 466,000 cfs..

The links below show the dramatic footage of the damage caused by the 1998 flood:

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New Braunfels Area
Seguin Area
Gonzales Area
Cuero Area
Victoria Area
Calhoun County Area
© 1998 Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority