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RICHARDSON (CBSDFW.COM) - Low lake levels, a brown yard, and now even a bumpy road can be blamed on the prolonged drought in North Texas.

After nearly doubling its street maintenance budget for this year, the City of Richardson is looking to increase road work funding by another half million to $2.45 million for the 2014-15 fiscal year.

The city says the proposed increase in funding is needed to keep up with the impact the drought has had on the city’s streets.

“Over the course of the last 18 to 24 months, we have seen an increase in the number of street failures,” said Assistant City Manager Don Magner. “The drought definitely impacts the condition of the street. It tends to exasperate a lot of problems.”

City crews finished up street repairs Wednesday in front of Wanda Wortham’s Richardson home.

Like many residents, she said she never considered the drought had a part in all the pot holes on her street.

“I don’t know how the lack of water effects streets,” said the 35-year Richardson resident. “But I know we had a lot of pot holes and it was very bumpy.“

Along with increasing the city’s street maintenance budget, voters approved $24.7 million for road improvements in 2010 as part of a bond program.

Two cents from the city’s tax rate goes to street maintenance.

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