Welcomed rains largely missed Lake Lavon

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by DEMOND FERNANDEZ

WFAA

Posted on June 26, 2014 at 9:26 PM

Updated Thursday, Jun 26 at 9:26 PM

WYLIE -- Rain falling across North Texas this week has helped water levels at many lakes.

Some say the most dramatic case in the area is Lake Granbury, which increased four feet with the help of the rain. Unfortunately, one spot that hasn't received much of a boost is Lake Lavon, one of the area's most important sources of water.

"Many people are afraid to come to the lake," said Luis Mondragon. He's among a few boaters taking a chance going out on Lake Lavon near Collin Park Marina. "They actually don't come anymore, because they think they are going to get stuck somewhere in the lake."

He and emergency workers checking the area say the low lake levels are uncovering too many risks. Among them, exposed trees, stones, and debris keeping many people away.

"We desperately need the rain and we want it so bad that we want to have as much rain as possible," Mondragon said.

The lack of rain near Lake Lavon remains a huge concern for workers at North Texas Municipal Water District. Its customers across the region are dealing with usage restrictions around their own homes.

"We are actually at the exact capacity, in elevation, that we were a week ago," said Denise Hickey, the utility company's conservation expert.

Rainfall over the past week has not helped Lake Lavon rise above fifty percent, according to the utility company. Workers believe significant weather in specific watershed areas could ease the problem.

"We actually would hope that it would rain over McKinney and Princeton in quantities -- in bucketfuls. You know, lots of rain," Hickey said.

As many water customers continue waiting for rain to impact Lake Lavon, boaters like Mondragon say they are watching to see what happens.

E-mail dfernandez@wfaa.com

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