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Despite Recent Rain, More Is Needed To Fill Depleted Lakes

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NORTH TEXAS (CBS 11 NEWS) – Finally!  Drenching rains covered North Texas late last week and Monday. That’s two storms in just under a week. That has to be good news for all of our lakes, right?

“I wished it worked that way but it doesn’t!” laughed National Weather Service Senior Hydrologist Bob Carle.

A computer generated map shows large red and yellow areas east of Dallas received more rain than green-shaded areas from Fort Worth west and south.  Its clear who the water winners were from the storms.

“The big winner was out in east Texas,” Carle said.  “But even in this area here where its been you know, in the six inch plus category, the lakes have only come up between one and three feet overall.  That’s how dry it’s been with the ground taking as much moisture as it can.”

A graph of Lake Tawakoni’s water levels pitches upward steeply following recent rains.

“It’s gained about two feet of water and should see a little bit more before all the inflow is done,” Carle explained.

But in the southwest, Lake Granbury, desperate for rain, didn’t fare nearly as well.  It’s water level graph edged upward only slightly.

“They got some of the heavier rain in that area but they’ve only gained maybe half a foot of water,” Carle said.

But, there still may be some good news in days ahead.  The rainfall is still trickling down into the lakes.

“The lake is like a drainage system and there can be several rivers and creeks that feed those lakes,” said Carle.  “And if the water falls in the very upper part of those creeks it may take a few days for that water to actually reach that lake.”

Still, there’s only one way to break a drought and you don’t have to be a scientist to understand it.

“It’s going to take a lot of rain for us to break it and for everyone to feel comfortable with what we have again for water supply,” Carle said.

Use this interactive map to see rainfall, predicted rainfall and river conditions.

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