Rainfall has little impact on local lake levels
Kerry Craig | News-Telegram Assistant Editor

Oct. 17, 2006 - Welcome rain fell generally across North and Northeast Texas in amounts ranging from 4 inches in the Dallas area to 2.92 inches in Sulphur Springs, but much more rain is needed.

Although the drought was not broken by the rain, the precipitation provided a boost to agriculture producers and a bit of relief to weary firefighters.

The rain, for the most part, fell slowly and did not generate the runoff necessary to raise lake levels and fill ponds. It did add much-needed moisture to the parched soil, dried by more than 12 months of drought conditions.

Sulphur Springs City Manager Marc Maxwell said Tuesday morning that the water level in Cooper Lake was up only 2 inches as a result of the rain. That slight increase would add only about five days of additional reserve to the lake. At Lake Sulphur Springs, the level increased only one inch.

Weather forecasters offer a little hope for more rain later in the week, with a 20 percent chance Wednesday through Thursday and a slight chance of rain on the weekend.

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