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What drought? Rains overflow East Texas ponds, Sabine River

KEVIN GREEN, The Longview News Journal
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 3:52pm

The Texas drought broke long enough this past weekend to get Chad Hendrix of the Glenwood Community good and wet.
“The stock tank broke,” he said, describing his soggy Sunday throwing cement bags onto the spillway of his nearly 4-acre stock pond. “We just tried to stop it. It ate about a 10-foot wide piece of earth, flowing. It dropped the pond about three feet.”

It seems almost paradoxical, with most of Texas remaining under drought conditions, to see overflowing stock ponds, water standing in fields and the Sabine River nearing flood stage.
Hendrix’s boss at Hill Feed in Gilmer, Victor Hill, didn’t lose any soil to speak of but reported 4 inches of rain falling this past weekend on his Shady Grove ranch.

Hill runs about 100 mama cows and cuts and sells hay to many area ranchers
“We got good moisture,” he said. “But we were already turning dry. ... It’s going to take a lot of moisture for these fields to recuperate.”

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