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'The more rain, the better it is' rain helps East Texas lake levels

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Lake Tyler on Memorial Day 2014. (Source: KLTV staff) Lake Tyler on Memorial Day 2014. (Source: KLTV staff)
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Were you one of the many that spent the weekend or Memorial Day on a beautiful East Texas lake? If so, you may have noticed something different this year while you were out on the water. Drought levels across East Texas are down and much of the region is not in a drought at all.

The rain that soaked some hamburger buns this afternoon is doing wonders for East Texas lakes. Rain clouds moved in this afternoon, but lake goers didn’t move out.

“It ain’t stopped us,” Michael Bell, a long time lake user, said.

Boaters like Gage Parker and Michael Bell have been coming to Lake Tyler for years and plans were no different this Memorial Day.

“It’s rising,” Parker said about the water.

“The more rain the better it is,” Bell agreed.

But, one thing did change this year—the water level.

“Oh, yeah, it went way up,” Parker said.

“Last year, the year before last, oh my gosh, yeah, it’s been two years ago when it was real low, I’m talking real low,” Bell remembered.

On May 26, 2013 Lake Tyler was at 370.86 feet. But, Monday, the lake was at 375.45 feet.

“We are full,” Jimmy Martin, another Lake Tyler lover, said. “The first time in about five years.”

Texas Parks and Wildlife told KLTV this is the highest the lake has been in about five years.

“People don’t come out when the lakes down,” Martin said.

For years that left the Lake Tyler Marina high and dry.

“You could walk to that island right there in 2006,” he explained. “2007 there was three inches of water inside this marina.”

But, with rain Monday and a severe drought behind us, the lake wasn’t the only thing full this weekend.

“There was people everywhere. Yesterday we had a band out here and everybody was rocking. It was a good, good time,” Martin said.

“Better on fishing, makes it better on tubing, having fun. You ain’t gotta worry about hitting no stumps when you’re out there,” Bell said.

Officials do warn to be cautious of structures under the water that may now be covered, but all agree, the rain doesn’t ruin plans around here.

“A lot of opportunities to move anywhere you want to, but I can’t leave this lake. I love it that much,” Martin concluded.

Texas Parks and Wildlife also said it is important for boaters to stay in marked areas since the higher water could be covering structures that have been out in the open in the past years.

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