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LAKE LAVON (CBSDFW.COM) - The impact of the rain on area lakes varied tremendously over the weekend.

Lake Granbury rose five feet from Saturday to Sunday, which is a significant number but the Army Corps of Engineers says the lake still needs 5 feet to fill up. Lake Whitney also benefited from the rain and rose three feet.

Other North Texas lakes didn’t fare so well.

Lake Grapevine and Lake Lewisville water levels remained the same.

The water level actually fell over the past week at Lake Lavon, according to the John Rael, a hydraulic engineer for the Army Corps of Engineers. Rael said along with the drought, there are other contributing factors.

“Lavon supplies a lot of water to the communities North of Dallas, Allen, Frisco and the population growth in that area in the last 10 years is so much that they’re likely to pump 300 million gallons a day, everyday,” Rael said. “If we could get another five inches this week out in Collin County up in Denton County, I think it could fill it up, or come close.”

What the rain did do, was soak the lawns of homeowners who have been under stage 3 water restrictions.

Lavon homeowner, Tina Thibodeaux, have up on having a green lawn months ago, cutting off her sprinkler system more than a year ago and planting drought and sun resistant plants. But the recent rain has helped to make her once brown lawn, green again.

“Rain has been super helpful. We lost a lot of plants last year,” Thibodeaux said. “We’re thankful for the rain, thankful for the cool weather.”

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