Lack of Rain Across North Texas

Saturday, Dec 6, 2008  |  Updated 10:15 PM CDT
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Lack of Rain Across North Texas

Pam Kellum

December 5, 2008: The view of Lake Tawakoni (Image from Pam Kellum)

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The lack of rain is causing near drought-like conditions in parts of North Texas.

Residents along Lake Tawakoni who used to have a lake view now look at nothing but parched soil and receding shorelines.

"I'm thinking the drought is starting or for some reason they've let a lot of water go out through the dam because its never gone down this fast in such a short period of time." said lake resident Russ Vandeveerdonk.

Vandeveerdonk's neighbor's fishing dock sits on dry land looking out on a tree stump-filled marsh with the shoreline more than 100 yards away.
 
"The lake levels are dropping because there's no rain," said Cash volunteer fire chief Britt McManus.

McManus said his crews have been busy fighting grassfires, "Extremely low humidities, high winds, dry vegetation, its just a recipe for disaster."

Headlines in the local papers suggest the drought is here and burn bans are being considered.

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