GRAND PRAIRIE (CBSDFW.COM) – There has been a good amount of rain in North Texas so far this spring. And while that might have caused some headaches for some people — especially on the roadways — things are looking good for anyone who is planning a trip to area lakes.
Joe Pool Lake in Grand Prairie is one of two Metroplex lakes that are considered to be full right now. In fact, it is about a foot above the full level. The lake is up a foot since January.
That’s not even the best news.
Lake Lavon is up 11 feet. This body of water is critical to the North Texas water supply. And it does not end there. Lake Ray Hubbard is up about six feet. Lewisville Lake is up by more than six feet. With these area lakes now reaching their full capacity, water deficits are shrinking.
The drought has not officially ended, but runoff from recent rains have been a huge help.
The rain has been so impactful that water restrictions are easing earlier than expected for about a million customers in North Texas. Starting on May 1, residents in 13 cities — including Plano, Mesquite and Richardson — will be allowed to run their sprinkler systems up to twice a week.
The easing restrictions were not anticipated to begin until June, but the North Texas Municipal Water District said that reservoirs have reached sufficient levels.