It's a remarkable turnaround and quite an encouraging recovery from a year that brought the meanest drought in Texas history. Due to the seemingly incessant rainfall, the oppressed ground is now saturated in Burleson Count, and ponds and lakes are filled to the brim.
"Gosh, this is just awesome,” explained Beaver Creek Volunteer Firefighter William Perry.
Although it's just water, it's a miracle for those who rely on the resource to serve and protect.
“We have no water in Beaver Creek, it's all private wells,” Perry explained Tuesday afternoon. “When we need to fight fires, we draft water out of this pond.”
As the eyes and ears of a community made up of an estimated 250 people, Perry is now breathing a sigh of relief.
"It started really filling back up in February," said Perry.
The pond serves as ammo on the frontline, but Perry says the 2011 drought left it high and dry.
“There are people that have lived in Beaver Creek their whole lives that say they've never seen it that low," he added. “If there was a fire here in our neighborhood, we would have had to go get water from Snook, or Somerville -- a 15 to 20 minute drive.”
With the department's main weapon loaded, the only thing left to do now is recruit more men and women to the battlefield.
“I’ve always loved fire trucks, so when I came here in 2003 I didn’t know there was even a department out here," Perry explained. "Once I heard about it, I asked how I could sign up and the guy asked me if I was breathing, and I told him, ‘Yes,” and he said, ‘Okay, come to the next meeting,’ and so I did.”
The Beaver Creek Volunteer Fire Department is always looking for volunteers. To learn how you can sign up, call: (972) 275-3625.
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