Drought Lowers Texas Lake Levels 4 Percent

Monday, Jul 11, 2011  |  Updated 3:08 PM CDT
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Drought Lowers Texas Lake Levels 4 Percent

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Searing temperatures and a drought rivaling Texas' worst on record are taking a toll on lake levels statewide.

A June water report found levels in 109 lakes dropped by 4 percent, or more than 358 billion gallons. Three lakes -- all in West Texas -- are effectively empty.

Only one reservoir, Lake Livingston north of Houston, was full, six fewer than in May, according to the Texas Water Development Board.

The 109 lakes are 73 percent full, down 13 percent from a year ago, the report indicates. Of the 109 lakes monitored for the report, just 41 were at 85 percent capacity or fuller.

Statewide, this past June was the hottest on record. The average temperature was 85.2 degrees, besting the 1953 record of 84.9 degrees.

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