Austin Off Drought Map, But Not in the Clear

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Austin's wettest October on record has helped pull it off the latest drought map for the first time in more than three years.

But the chief meteorologist with the Lower Colorado River Authority says moist soil now isn't the end of the area's drought worries.

Bob Rose told the Austin American-Statesman that little has changed at two main reservoirs - Lakes Travis and Buchanan. They were at 36 percent capacity Friday, more than a week after storms flooded parts of Austin.

The LCRA has warned that without significant rain, those levels could fall to the lowest on record by March. That's in spite of the 13.2 inches of rain Austin received in October.

Thursday's U.S. Drought Monitor showed pockets of extreme and exceptional drought remaining in Texas.

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