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Recent Rainfall Adds to Area Lakes, But Area Still in Drought

By Devin Sanchez
NewsWest 9

O.H. IVIE - The recent rainfall brought some much needed relief to the Permian Basin's water sources.

"We did see a fair amount of rain this weekend. Something we haven't seen in awhile," John Grant with the Colorado River Municipal Water District said.

Lake levels are up, particularly O.H Ivie, which saw the biggest increase because of the rain in San Angelo. Lake Nasworthy saw so much rainfall, the had to open up their floodgates, and the overflow goes to Ivie, which Grant says is beneficial to the area.

"All that water stays in West Texas. It looks like Ivie's going to come up over 10 feet after it's all said and done," he said. "Water wise, elevation wise, we're where we were last year. We've probably gain 9 months of water supply over at Ivie,"

But, even with the recent downpour, West Texas is far from being out of the drought.

"We are fortunate to catch some water at Ivie, we may only be 17%-20% full when it's all said and done with. We're still in a drought," Grant said.

But, it's still a step in the right direction.



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