Drought Continues Despite Recent Rainfall

By Sylvia Gonzalez
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - It started late Wednesday night with loud thunder then the rain drops started pouring into parts of the Basin. On Thursday morning, Mother Nature made it difficult for drivers to get to work or school as they waded through flooded streets. As much as two inches of rain poured into parts of the Basin but experts say we are still far from the drought being over.

"We are still in an extreme drought out here in West Texas. Not only in the city areas but also in our drainage areas. If nothing else, the rain that we are seeing right now at least is showing that we are hopefully coming out of the wether pattern that we have been in the last two years. You know hot, dry weather, little to no rainfall," Colorado River Municipal Water District General Manager, John Grant, said.

Unfortunately, all of the rain that dumped on the area didn't make a dent in our local lakes and reservoirs. For our lakes to return to their former self, Stormtracker 9 Meteorologist Emily Borchard says there has to be some significant and consistent amount of rain to be out of woodwork.

"I'd say even with all this rain today (Thursday) that it's gonna have to be a consistent weather pattern, and not just one rainfall event that's gonna get us out of the drought," Borchard said.

Grant gave NewsWest 9 an example of how much rain is needed to get out of this devastating drought.

"From where we are today to fill up Lake Thomas, I mean to actually get it full from where it is today cause it less than one percent full, you need to look at taking Borden County which is 900 square miles and we would need about five inches of run off. That's not rainfall, that's run off over the 900 square miles to fill Lake Thomas up but we don't have to have a full lake to operate. If we catch 15 feet, Lake Thomas will rise 15 feet then we should be able to operate and bring pumps back on and bring water out of the lake," Thomas said.

According to Doreen Womack with Keep Midland Beautiful, there is no need for residents to water their trees or plants for another week. She mentioned residents should harvest water, so they can reuse the water in the upcoming days. According to Womack, the two inches of rain that we received is still not enough to be out of the drought.

"We were able to capture 150 gallons of rain in these 2 inches of rain. We will be dipping into that and using it for many weeks to come," Womack said.