Lake Corpus Christi Approaching Capacity with More Rain Predicted as the City Continues to be in Stage 1 Water Restrictions Until Further Notice

Controlled Releases of Water for Dam Safety are Possible

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – The City of Corpus Christi and Corpus Christi Water (CCW) are monitoring weather conditions for the Labor Day weekend. With Lake Corpus Christi approaching capacity and rain in the forecast, controlled water releases from Lake Corpus Christi through Wesley Seale Dam may be necessary in the coming days.

As of Thursday, September 1, the elevation of water in Lake Corpus Christi is 90.9 feet above mean sea level. Controlled releases are triggered when the water elevation reaches 94.0 feet above mean sea level. At that point, the lake is 100% full, gates must be opened, and water must be let out to protect the safety and integrity of the dam.

If controlled releases are initiated, the community will be notified by Reverse Alert messaging, media, and social media.

The City remains in Stage 1 Water Restrictions. The City Council-approved policy requires combined reservoir capacity levels of Lake Corpus Christi, and Choke Canyon to be at 50% to move out of Stage 1

Media representatives can contact Public Information Manager Robert Gonzales at 361-826-3233 or by email at or Community Outreach Specialist Erin Hawkins at 361-826-1817 or You can also find updates from Corpus Christi Water on social media channels: Facebook @CCTXWater and Twitter @CCTXWater.

About Corpus Christi Water

For 130 years, the city of Corpus Christi has been vital as the water supplier for the region. Our commitment to 500,000 residents across the Coastal Bend is to plan, produce and deliver water that is affordable, drought-proof, sustainable, and reliable.