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November 1, 2013

Rain still not enough to erase drought

It wasn’t quite the drought buster which had been promised, but enough rain fell between Wednesday and Thursday mornings to raise the water level on Lake Tawakoni a little bit.

The National Weather Service had Hunt County posted under a flood watch and also a river flood warning until Wednesday evening, as a storm system was expected to bring between four and seven inches of precipitation to region.

 But as the night wore on, the storms which did develop moved quickly to the south and east, bringing little to many sections of the county.

Two gauges in Greenville each reported receiving less than an inch of rain during the period, although higher rainfall totals were noted in the south and southeastern portions of Hunt County.

Peggy Beddingfield lives in Lone Oak and recorded 3.75 inches of rain through early Thursday.

According to the United States Drought Monitor, Hunt County and the surrounding area remain listed under a moderate drought. The information was released Thursday, although the measurements were taken locally Tuesday morning.

The level on Lake Tawakoni Thursday was reported to be 428.53 feet, an increase of seven-hundredths of an inch from the same point Wednesday, but still almost nine feet from the spillway. The lake was 65.9 percent full Thursday afternoon.

Cities served by the North Texas Municipal Water District remain under Stage 3 outdoor watering restrictions, which means residential and business customers are limited to landscape watering with sprinkler or irrigation systems once every seven days. Other restrictions apply, depending on the city.

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