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State Says Lee County Still in an Extreme Drought

Lee County remains in an extreme drought, according to the Texas Water Development Board. Despite the recent rains over the past few weeks, the Texas Water Development Board reported that the statewide reservoir storage improved only slightly, squeaking upwards by less than 0.1 percent. Dry ground and relatively low rainfall amounts, when averaged over large areas, contributed to the lack of runoff and reservoir rise.

Currently, 99% of the state is still in drought. Three months ago, 97% showed to be in the drought, and a year ago, 95% of the state was in drought. The Board also reported that normally, statewide reservoirs are 83% full; however, today, they are only 64% full, a 10% drop from a year ago.

The latest drought outlook shows a substantial change from just two weeks ago. Persistence of drought in much of the state is expected, with the only parts of the state expecting to see the most improvement, and perhaps even removal from drought, will be inthe regions of Far West Texas and West Texas.

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