About a month ago, I was asked by a former resident of this area if the San Bernard River outlet was still closed, or could the then recent heavy rains have opened it. Well no. These pictures taken yesterday by pilot/photographer Albert Smith show that the even more serious flooding on the Brazos River watershed of last week has only made things worse for the poor San Bernard!
The first picture shows the flow out of the Brazos mouth, dramatically illustrating how much silt and sand is flowing down the Brazos from upstream in Central Texas and into the Gulf off the mouth, and then being carried to the Southwest by the currents along the beachfront.
The second picture shows more clearly where all that material temporarily suspended in the current is heading. Not only did the outlet of the San Bernard not open, but the additional silt from the Brazos is making it worse, plugging the former mouth even tighter. On the other side of the narrow beach, the current that is supposed to be exiting the San Bernard River mouth is churning along in the ICW, looking for someplace to go. Until and unless it either cuts a new outlet through the shallow marsh lakes between the beach and the Gulf, or man helps to open the original river mouth by dredging, currents in the ICW will hamper commercial and recreational boating alike, and flooding up the river when another dramatic rain event occurs will be even worse!