Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

July 17, 2013

Area rainfall has minimal impact on lakes

By Janet Jacobs
Corsicana Daily Sun

Corsicana — The chances for rain decrease to 20 percent between Thursday and Sunday, before drying up to almost nothing on Monday, according to National Weather Service.

“We’re still in summer, technically, so the upper level ridge will build back up in the area next week,” said meteorologist Jennifer Dunn, with the National Weather Service’s Fort Worth office. “It’s possible we could have additional rain chances or another weather pattern by the end of the summer, but we can’t draw any long-term outlooks right now.”

Navarro County residents got between one and a half and one and three quarters of an inch of rain, depending on where they’re located in the county.

“Isolated areas got more and some got less, but that usually happens,” Dunn said. “That’s very good for July.”

The rain did help local farmers and ranchers, although it hasn’t corrected all the ills brought on by a very dry June and July.

Richland Chambers Reservoir, the larger of the two main Navarro County lakes, is down just over 7 and a half feet, according to Chat Lorance, spokesman for the Tarrant Regional Water District, which owns the rights to the water in the reservoir.

On Friday, the lake was down 7.48 feet below normal. On Wednesday, the lake was down 7.62 feet, Lorance said.

“The rain’s been very good for lawns and landscapes and reducing demands, but we’re at such a rainfall deficit for the last few months this rain is just really contributing to saturating the soil until the soil is saturated and then we receive heavy rains. That’s when we’ll see the lake levels come up.”

Although the lakes owned by TRWD did capture some rain, the rate at which the water is being pumped out to provide for the Metroplex’s water appetite has kept the lake levels low.

By way of comparison, Cedar Creek was down 4.62 feet last week, and this week is down 4.71 feet, Lorance said.

“We pump water up her from Richland and Cedar Creek,” he said. “You get the rain, but we’re also pumping.”

Navarro Mills Reservoir is down about 1.7 feet below normal as of Wednesday afternoon, up about an inch from last week’s total, according to Alton Hurley, manager.

“We’re in good shape compared to a lot of local lakes,” Hurley said. “We got some rain in our watershed that other lakes haven’t received. The rain is a welcome thing in bringing us up closer to our conservation pools. It’s sure nice especially this time of year.”

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