Austin’s Off The Drought Map, But Not In The Clear

AUSTIN (November 8, 2013) Austin is off the drought map for the first time in three years after its wettest October on record, but Bob Rose, the chief meteorologist for the Lower Colorado River Authority, says moist soil now isn't the end of the area's drought worries.

Rose said little has changed at the LCRA’s two main reservoirs, Lakes Travis and Buchanan, which were both at 36 percent capacity Friday, more than a week after storms flooded parts of Austin.

The LCRA has warned that without significant rain, those levels could fall to the lowest on record by March in spite of the 13.2 inches of rain Austin received in October.

Thursday's U.S. Drought Monitor showed pockets of extreme and exceptional drought remaining in Texas.

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