The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX

May 20, 2013

Report: Half of county back under ‘severe’ drought

By BRAD KELLAR
Herald-Banner Staff

— Hunt County, or at least half of it, is again under “severe” drought conditions.

But the designation is not destined to stick around very long.

After a couple weeks of being listed under a “moderate” drought, the drought level was raised this week to “severe” under the United States Drought Monitor report. However, the data collected for the report which was released Thursday was collected Tuesday morning, prior to Wednesday’s heavy rains. And the “severe” level only applies to the southeastern half of Hunt County, with the northwestern half of the county still listed under a “moderate” drought.

Between one-half and one inch of precipitation was reported in most locations in Hunt County between Wednesday night and Thursday morning. Additional chances of rain are in the forecast between Monday night and Wednesday morning of next week.

The water level on Lake Tawakoni was listed at 431.88 feet Friday afternoon, down almost six feet from the lake’s pool elevation of 437.5 feet.

Hunt County is not currently under a burn ban, although there are still certain restrictions to outdoor burning.

The burning of household trash is only permissible during daylight hours and the wind speed cannot be greater than 23 mph. Natural materials, such as brush and limbs can be burned, but not treated or painted lumber.

No prohibited material — including but not limited to rubber, plastics, wire, insulation and furniture — can be burned, and a responsible person must be present during active burning.