Longview, TX — Severe drought conditions took a toll on East Texas rivers and lakes this past year, but with consistent rainfall during the past month, levels appear headed back to normal.
The National Weather Service reports the region has recently received about 7 inches of rain. Officials say 15 to 18 inches of rain are needed to bring the area out of drought.
Lake O’ the Pines, Caddo Lake and Lake Palestine are full and slightly overflowing, officials report. Martin Creek Lake and Lake Tawakoni are almost full.
These conditions are considered normal for the area, said Mark Wentzel, team leader for instream flows with the Texas Water Development Board. The water levels at the lakes are the highest the region has seen since La Niña left Texas high and dry last year.
“East Texas is still in moderate drought, but showing improvement,” Wentzel said.
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