Lake levels down across North Texas

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by COLLEEN COYLE

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Posted on January 24, 2012 at 2:16 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 24 at 7:59 PM

LAKE LEWISVILLE - The drought has impacted lake levels all across North Texas. Lake Lewisville like many others has seen little improvement over recent months. Conditions have continued to deteriorate since the drought began in September 2010.

However, there is hope on the horizon as soaking rains are headed to North Texas Tuesday and Wednesday. With 2-3" of rain estimated to fall over the next 48 hours, lake levels may see a much needed improvement.

The River Forecast Center at the National Weather Service indicates that the average lake in North Texas is 3-5 feet below normal. However, some are well above that average such as Lake Lavon which is 12 feet down and Benbrook Lake which is 7 feet down. As heavy rain moves in over the next 48 hours, lake levels could see a 1-2 foot rise. More substantial rises in lake levels would be found south and east in North Texas where the heaviest rain is expected to fall.

Current Lake Level Conditions at some North Texas Lakes:

  • Lake Lavon: 12 feet below
  • Benbrook Lake: 7 feet below
  • Lake Lewisville: 6 feet below
  • Lake Tawakoni: 6 feet below
  • Eagle Mountain Lake: 5 feet below
  • Lake Ray Roberts: 5 feet below
  • Lake Arlington: 4 feet below
  • Lake Ray Hubbard: 4 feet below
  • Grapevine Lake: 3 feet below
  • Lake Worth: 3 feet below
  • Joe Pool Lake: 1 foot below

With the soil wetter due to the rainfall in January, more runoff into the lakes is expected. The National Weather Service believes North Texas would need 2-3 more of these types of soaking rain events to bring lake levels back up to a more comfortable level.

North Texans can only hope for more rain to help Texas dig out of this ongoing drought.

E-mail ccoyle@wfaa.com

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