Despite rain, effects of drought continue to linger at area lakes

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 - 12:28pm

The houseboat grounded at Johnson Creek Marina on Lake O’ the Pines tells the story of what is happening on area lakes.
The floating cabin is moored in about five feet of water.

Sam and Lyda Edwards, who have owned the marina for eight years, say they have seen worse.
“Last year it was about six inches lower,” Sam Edwards said.

Plentiful rain earlier this year and predictions of an El Nino pattern setting in gave the marina owners hope, even if it was short-lived. A drier-than-normal fall has sent East Texas into a mild drought.

Caddo Lake is slightly more than half full, and though there is eight feet of water in front of the docks at Johnson Creek Marina, the boat ramps have been closed for months. The Edwards can only watch helplessly as the water level keeps going down.

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