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1/13/06-Smith County

Rain Starts To Fill Lakes Back Up

The rain may be causing problems at the airport, but when it comes to our East Texas lakes, the more the merrier. In the past month, parts of East Texas have seen as much as five inches of rain, which is just above normal this time of year.

"Its really helped," said Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Warden Chris Green. "I mean we've had some pretty significant rainfall."  Green says he's starting to notice a difference.   "If you frequent the lake like we do, we can see some of the areas looking different, even going across the bridge," said Green. 

Some of our boat ramps are starting to be more useable." Green also says the creeks and rivers that feed into the lakes are also starting to fill back up, helping the lake levels.   Within the last month, the rain has brought Lake Tyler up around 10-12 inches, Lake Palestine around a foot and Lake O' of the Pines about two feet. Marinas, like The Villages on Lake Palestine have kept close track of the water levels.

"Probably about a foot and a half, two feet," said  The Villages Marina Assistant Manager Dustin Adam. "I've heard of lakes as big as Cedar Creek filling back up in a week and things like that, so I think it will fill up a lot more." For that to happen, Green says the rain has to keep coming down. "I'm always hopeful," said Green. "Hopefully, we will have a wet spring and I think Palestine is well on its way to becoming pretty good for the summer."

Green says the lake levels are still low, so he reminds boaters to be careful.

Molly Reuter, Reporting. mreuter@kltv.com


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