Lake Somerville Water Levels Low

By: Stephanie Ando Email
By: Stephanie Ando Email

BURLESON COUNTY Much of the Brazos Valley is in severe drought, but one place that has been hit hard by the dry weather is Lake Somerville in Burleson County.

"It's starting to get to be the level two years ago, when it was really bad," said Andy Reyna, a boater on the lake.

Lake officials say levels are currently more than four feet low.

"It's extremely low," said Mike Morten. "We were out here last week and we ran aground probably five times."

Morten says he's watched the water levels drop dangerously low this summer.

He's one of many Lake Somerville boaters who say a fun day on the lake could come at a high price if water levels continue to drop.

"Yes, we have insurance, but insurance isn't going to cover everything...and the lives that could be in jeopardy," said Reyna.

Lake officials have already started closing boat ramps, because of the lake conditions.

"If we go another two feet or so, it's going to be an issue where Birch Creek is going to be the only boat ramp you're going to be able to launch at on the lake," said John Rorie, Superintendent of the Lake Somerville State Park Complex.

"If it drops any more, we probably won't bring the boat out anymore. We may enjoy the beach but not the actual boating," said Reyna.

However, lake officials haven't given up on Mother Nature yet.

"We still have hope that if we get some rain we can come back pretty soon," said Rorie. Rorie says the lake needs at least five feet of rain to get back to the normal level.

Lake Somerville fell to record lows during the severe drought two years ago. Then, the lake was eight feet below normal.


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