Rain Does Little To Ease Drought

Lavon Lake still 12 feet below normal

By Amanda Guerra
|  Tuesday, Jan 10, 2012  |  Updated 7:17 PM CDT
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Five months of average rainfall within a one month period is needed to fix the drought.

Amanda Fitzpatrick, NBC 5 News

Five months of average rainfall within a one month period is needed to fix the drought.

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Despite receiving several inches of rain in the past month, lake levels are still low across North Texas.

"We got about 15 feet low at one point. And that was about November time frame," said Lavon Lake Ranger Allen Creel.

Currently the Lavon Lake is 12 feet below normal.

"This lake is only, at its deepest, maybe 40-45 feet, so losing 12-15 feet is a substantial amount of lake to lose," Creel said.

Lavon Lake is a major supplier for the North Texas Municipal Water District. Spokeswoman Denise Hickey said she was hoping the past few days would raise the water level. Instead, Lavon Lake rose just 0.36 inches. And in December, it rose less than a foot.

"The rains we’ve received from December into January have really had no significant impact on the drought," Hickey said.

"We need five months of average rain fall within a one month period. So we’re really looking at an awful lot of rain to end this drought period."

Low lake levels have forced North Texas Municipal Water District customers to Stage 3 water restrictions.

Hickey said if Lavon Lake continues to deplete, customers could be forced to move to Stage 4, meaning no water lawns or washing cars.

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