Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

January 9, 2013

Rainfall plentiful, helpful throughout area

By Bob Belcher
Corsicana Daily Sun

Corsicana — Weather forecasters hit this nail on the head.

North Texas has enjoyed abundant rainfall the past two days, with amounts of two to four, or more inches common throughout the region.

While different areas saw different amounts, reports from Corsicana are in the three to four inch range at mid-afternoon Wednesday.

Flooding of some low-lying areas occurred as the rains continued, with some streets experiencing flooding as well in the city. With the rainfall spread out over a couple of days, not all areas prone to flooding after heavy rains were affected.

The much needed rainfall will provide some long-term payoffs for ag producers and their spring and summer crops, said Logan Lair, Texas A&M AgriLife extension agent.

“We’ll have a good soil profile,” Lair said. “With this rain and warm weather probably coming down the pike we’ll really get it going.”

Lair said the increased moisture in the ground will serve producers well.

“We’ve been depleted for so long,” he said. “Going into planting for spring crops, that soil bed is going to have a lot of moisture in it to get those seeds germinating, so that’s a positive.”

That, he says, along with tanks and ponds filing up, are the biggest benefits of the rainfall.

“I’ve talked with three or four guys out in the county,” he added. “This was the kind of rain that we needed.”

The steady, soaking rains that were experienced were much more beneficial than heavy downpours that can cause soil erosion, Lair said.

Area lake levels could also benefit over the next few weeks with runoff from the rains, something that Corsicana City Manager Connie Standridge keeps an eye on regularly.

While the last 24 hours haven’t brought levels up noticeably, the overall picture should improve with the 3 to 4 inch rainfall.

“As of right now, (levels) are not a huge concern, but we always watch that pretty closely in the spring,” Standridge said. Currently the city about 10 percent (capacity) above any kind of water use restrictions, she said.

“A good ‘rule of thumb’ is where your reservoirs are in May,” she explained. “If your reservoirs are not full in May, you need to be concerned.”

The rainfall is also expected to have an impact on the drought, said Eric Meyers Jr., county emergency management coordinator.

“I think you’ll see our KBDI indices and overall drought index come down quite a bit,” he said.

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