Conroe, March 31 – The San Jacinto River Authority announced at 10:05 a.m. today, March 31, 2018, that it will reopen Lake Conroe to normal boat traffic at noon.
SJRA had closed the lake yesterday, because SJRA had failed to release water from the lake prior to the storm which citizens in this area knew about for several days, as a result of forecasts of the National Weather Service. SJRA refuses to acknowledge water before it comes and, instead, just allows Lake Conroe water levels to fluctuate and threaten homes around the lake and downstream (from larger dam releases) as a result.
The following is a portion of SJRA’s news release of today:
“At noon today, SJRA will open the reservoir to normal boat traffic. Boaters are still urged to use extreme caution due to floating debris and submerged objects that may not be fully visible.
“During the recent rainfall event, the lake level increased to nearly 203 feet above mean sea level (msl), which is two feet over the lake’s normal pool level of 201′ msl.
“The peak release from the dam was 6,500 cfs. The estimated peak inflow into the lake, during this event was nearly 30,000 cfs. This means that the operation of the dam reduced the peak flow that would otherwise have continued down the river.”