Lake Conroe Water Levels Still Low

By: Stephanie Ando Email
By: Stephanie Ando Email

Lake Conroe water levels rose more than six inches this week as a result of heavy rains, but the water is still two feet below normal levels.

Even though it has been a year since the drought brought water levels at Lake Conroe to a record low, the memory is still fresh in people's minds.

“We were record heat, record low rainfall amounts, record wind and evaporation. It was the perfect storm of bad conditions for a water reservoir,” said Jace Houston, San Jacinto River Authority Deputy General Manager.

Many people think lake water levels should rise when it rains, but that is not always the case at Lake Conroe.

The water shed, or drainage basin, for Lake Conroe is relatively small, so rain must fall in a specific area north of the lake in order to affect water levels. That is why Lake Conroe water levels only rose a few inches, despite severe flooding in nearby cities.

“It wouldn't take much of a rain to take it the rest of the way. It just has to hit the right spot,” said Houston.

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