Flood of 2002Total Rainfall for the Flood of 2002
Astonishing Results of Canyon Lake
The following graph shows the actual lake level, and the rapid rise during the flooding event of 2002, with the green line representing the spillway height, water flowed over the spillway at 4:04pm on the 4th of July, and continued as long as lake levels exceeded the 943 elevation.
Canyon Lake prevented flows of up to 125,000 cubic feet per second heading into New Braunfels, according to the following graph from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Note the Flow on July 5, 2002 without Canyon Lake exceeding 125,000 cfs. With Canyon Lake, the flow in New Braunfels was held at less than 70,000 cfs. An estimated $38.6 Million in damages were prevented.
Aerial Photos of Canyon Lake During the Flood of 2002 - July 10, 2002
On July 10, 2002 the water flowed over the spillway at approximately 1 foot depth and at a speed of 6600 cubic feet per second. Canyon Lake was at 944.41 feet above sea level. Aerial photos taken by Comal County Engineer Tom Hornseth aboard a DPS helicopter.
Damage to River Road - July 16, 2002
Damage to South Access Road Area
A Pictorial Journey Through the Gorge
You are invited to relax and take an incredible pictorial journey through the spillway canyon with Tom Hornseth, Comal County Engineer as he surveys the damage left by flooding from Canyon Lake. These photos were taken on 9/26/2002 on a descending trip from the Spillway down to South Access Road and the amazing ascent back to the top.
Other Pictures from the Flood of 2002
Rebuilding South Access Road