Heavy Rain Had Little Effect On Area Lake Levels

(October 17, 2013)—The levels of lakes across Central Texas remain low despite a round of very good rainfall.

Five-day rainfall totals from Saturday through Wednesday ranged from 2 to 6 inches, but the rain produced very little runoff and caused area lakes to rise by only marginal amounts.

With the recent rainfall Central Texas is running above normal on rainfall this month, and most areas are also running around 4-and-a-half inches above normal for the year as well.

Despite the rains, however, drought conditions continue for all of Central Texas.

Impact On Central Texas Lakes

Lake Waco came up 1.2' over the last seven days, but still sits 6.6' below normal. Lake Waco is currently only 74 percent full.

Lake Whitney only rose around 6" over the last seven days. Lake Whitney is currently 11.3' below normal, which means it is only 62 percent full.

Lake Belton rose only around 9" thanks to recent rains. Lake Belton is currently 12.5' below normal, which means it is only 68 percent full.

Stillhouse Hollow Lake only came up 2" over the last seven days. Stillhouse Hollow remains 9.9' below normal, and is only 75 percent full.


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