Much of Texas received beneficial rainfall over the last week or two but most of the state remains in drought status ranging from moderate to severe, according to the latest report from the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB).

Even with all the rain and tropical storm activity, only about 6 percent of the state is considered “drought free,” the latest report indicates.

And reservoir levels across the state remain points of concern. Statewide, reservoir levels average only 60 percent full. Even that figure may be misleading as some areas are in significantly worse shape than others. Reservoir levels in the San Angelo, Corpus Christi and Wichita Falls areas “fall significantly below 50 percent.”

 

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Aerial photographs of Choke Canyon Lake from august 2010 and August 2013 show a stark contrast in water storage. The 201 photo shows a reservoir that 85 percent full, with limited shoreline visible. The 2013 shot depicts a lake that’s only 37 percent full with a vastly depleted area of surface water.

The report indicates that Corpus Christi “relies, in part, on the Choke Canyon Lake, along with Corpus Christi and Texana reservoirs. Collectively, these reservoirs are 39.7 percent full.”Choke Canyon level has dropped to 35.8 percent since the photo was taken in August. Corpus Christi and Texana lakes are at 24.8 percent and 80.8 percent, respectively.

 

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