Dire Drought Forecast for Wichita Falls Region

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

WICHITA FALLS, Texas The forecast is stark for the drought-stricken North Texas city of Wichita Falls.

State and federal climatologists warned at a public forum Tuesday that the city will likely continue experiencing unnaturally hot, dry weather for a decade or longer.

Discussions have included financial resources available for residents of the Red River Valley near the Oklahoma border.

State climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon has said the Texas drought is "historic."

The Texas Water Development Board says water supplies for Wichita Falls have dropped below a quarter of their capacity and are on a trajectory to run dry by 2016.

The city is awaiting state approval to recycle and treat effluent as a short-term boost to supplies. Longer-term, the city may have to treat salt water or build a pipeline to a distant aquifer.

Texas Drought Monitor

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