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Less Than 7 Percent of Texas Remains Dry, in Drought: U.S. Drought Monitor

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    As of June 16, only just under 7 percent of the state of Texas remains in drought conditions, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.

    The latest findings indicate one thin thread of Moderate Drought (D1) representing .3 percent of the state, remains in the Panhandle's Hartley County. A swath of counties in Central Texas remains at the lowest intensity drought level (D0), or Abnormally Dry.

    One year ago 71 percent of the state was in some degree of drought.

    The latest findings indicate the population currently affected by drought in Texas has dropped to just 3,905 people, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. That number represents less than .0001 percent of the 27 million who live in the state.

    Data from June 16, 2015, from The National Drought Mitigation Center.

    Additionally, for the first time since 2010, statewide reservoir storage is above what would normally be expected for this time of year, according to the Texas Water Development Board.

    The board said the state's reservoirs are currently 84 percent full, compared to 69 percent three months ago and 67 percent a year ago. While most reservoirs are full in North and East Texas, some are still well below capacity in the Valley, the Panhandle and in West Texas.