Drought conditions continued to worsen across Texas over the past week and reservoir levels are at the lowest point in more than 20 years, according to the most recent drought monitor update from the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB).
“Conditions are continuing to be drier,” the report said. “A slight deterioration of drought occurred over the past week.”
The report indicates some improvement in drought severity but not in the area affected. “Currently, 97 percent of the state is in drought. And statewide, reservoir levels are at the lowest levels for this time of the year since 1990.”
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That 97 percent drought coverage has been fairly constant. The same percentage was reported last week and three months ago. That compares to 89 percent of the state in drought status at this time last year.
The drought monitor map shows some improvement in drought conditions for the Far West where status runs mostly abnormally dry to moderate with one small section showing no drought. The rest of the state is represented by colors indicating severe to exceptional drought status and fewer rated moderate to abnormally dry—the least severe categories.
The weekly update noted that the two Lower Rio Grande Valley reservoirs—Lake Amistad and Falcon—are declining. Amistad is 40.5 percent full and Falcon is only 19.2 percent full.