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Water Covers Dry Parched Land In Texas

Updated on August 21, 2013

The Dry Parched Land

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The Lake Bed was Dry and Cracked

The two year drought in the Texas Hill Country reduced Lake Travis to less than half of its original and normal size. Huge areas of land were exposed to the sun and fresh air for the first time in many years. Large areas of lake became desert like in appearance, creating an eye sore for many home owners with lake property. Many boats sat idle for months, unable to access the water levels from their resting place. Area lake businesses suffered through the dry months with little or no business. Marinas adjusted their racks of boats to new depths of the lake as the waters subsided month after month. Adjustments had to be made.

Many lake parks sat dormant as the boat ramps became useless. The water levels left the ramps totally dry. Small islands in the center of Lake Travis became larger and larger as the lake levels subsided, causing any water traffic to be rerouted around their emerging land masses. Many local residents feared a water shortage in the near future. How long would the water supply last with no rain?

The Rains Began

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The Lakes Began to Fill

It was late August and early September of 2009 when the rains began to fall. There was no hurricane in the Gulf that created a deluge of rainfall in the area, but rains of an inch or two that fell every few days for several months. The once clear sky became cloud filled every few days and soaking rains fell onto the dry parched land. The runoff from the hills after the rains continued to refill the lake even after the sun once again appeared after a day or two of showers. The lake became a big bathtub with each drop adding to the water level.

Slowly the levels began to rise. Trickles of water became small streams. Streams became small pools of water covering the low places once again. Pools grew into one another and began to merge into a body of water that rose with the rains.

The boat ramps eventually reconnected with the lake. Some adventurous boat owners began their cautious venture into the waters, avoiding rocks and obstacles along the way. Huge fields of dry land became submerged and the lake level reports became higher. In March of 2010, the lake was once again full. Its waters hugged the banks and and kissed the shores.

With a full lake, the reflections of the sun rising and setting is once again reflected in the wet residue of the lake waters. The parks are busy and green with new grass growing on the shores. The ducks are swimming their way along the water's edge with their chorus of noise, looking for their next handout of bread or leftovers from a family picnic. Quack away!


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    Marie Kirchner 

    8 years ago

    I really enjoy your articles and pictures. Great job!

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    Paula Kirchner 

    8 years ago from Austin. Texas

    True Pamela. Thanks for the comment! Have a blessed day!

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    8 years ago from United States

    Similar situations have happened in many places where lakes were almost dry and now they look like they did 10 years ago. good hub.

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    Paula Kirchner 

    8 years ago from Austin. Texas

    Yes it is sad, Thevoice. But, the good news is that the drought is ended. Cajunrooster, I agree that we need to have a continuance of rain to KEEP it normal. Thanks so much for the comments!

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    John David LeCoq 

    8 years ago from San Antonio, Texas

    This is a great hub. Our drought category was "exceptional" for a pretty long time. We have had enough rains over the past six or seven months to get us pretty much back to normal. El Nino has helped us out. We need to continue to get some rain and keep everything normal. The pictures on the hub were great. Again, a great hub!!

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    8 years ago from carthage ill

    its sad great pictures thanks


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