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“It’s been a while since we’ve seen that.”

Texas is known for its high heat and dry climate, but recent storms have brought unexpected benefits to the state’s water sources.

As Newsweek explains, a series of heavy rains caused water levels in Lake Belton to reach their highest level in two years after the region was gripped by drought less than a year ago .

In July 2023, the lake’s water levels were reduced by 60% after months without rain in the region. However, devastating rains in the first half of 2024 helped the reservoir “fully recover” to 100% capacity for the first time since 2022, and it “could rise another 10 feet over the next week” , which would expose it to the risk of flooding. .

The water level was measured at 601 feet in May, an increase of 14 feet in just one week. The resurgence of Belton Lake was cause for celebration for Texas residents.

“It’s been a while since we’ve seen this level at Lake Belton. 100% and the Leon River is still flowing strong!” social media user Randy Pittenger job on X.

Texas is facing a wave of severe weather. Recent rain storms have led to a significant increase in flood warnings. A tornado that hit Hawley caused significant damage to homes and injured four people. Extreme heat remains a problem for the southern half of the state, raising concerns about power grid capacity.

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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Lake Belton Natural Resources Park Ranger Arty Johnson called the recent rains “unusual,” but Lake Belton wasn’t the only one affected. Lake Waco water levels rose 20 feet above average. Stillhouse Hollow Lake has seen a major recovery after rising 10 feet in less than a week and is now just three inches below capacity. Lakes Buchanan and Travis are also improving at a slow, steady pace.

Similarly, heavy rains in Southern California caused a dramatic resurgence of the state’s reservoirs. In April, it was reported that Lake Casitas was nearing 100% capacity for the first time since 1998 and that water levels in Lake Elsinore had reached record highs following the storms.

These recent increases will go a long way in improving water conservation in the respective states. The next step is to explore new methods for capturing precipitation to save rainwater before droughts occur. This would contribute to a broader effort to adapt to climate change and ensure water security for the future.

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