LONGVIEW, TX — After one of the driest Augusts on record in East Texas, the Texas Water Development Board said Wednesday that lakes and reservoirs across the region were at the lowest levels of the past year.
Lake levels have fallen as rainfall deficits have continued to rise during the past year and a half, with Longview’s official tally now 18 inches below normal for that period.
Looking at dropping levels Wednesday, a Lake O’ the Pines marina owner said conditions have been worsened by cities continuing to draw water unabated from the reservoir north of Longview.
“It would be a tremendous help to us (if the cities didn’t draw as much),” said Sam Edwards, owner of Johnson Marina, adding the lake could use “about four or five feet of rain.”
For the 18 months from April 2012 through August, the National Weather Service said, Longview received 18 inches less rain than normal. In Tyler, rainfall for the period was 11 inches below normal.
The 18-month rainfall deficit in Texarkana, records showed, was a whopping 28 inches below normal. And August in that city was the driest since 1954, weather service records showed.
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