Sunday, December 4, 2011

Parts of Texas may run out of water in DAYS!

For those of you who do not live in Texas you may not know how bad the water conditions are here but after googling many things I am finding we are not the only ones that have a state wide drought.. Luckily I am in an area that is only considered abnormally to moderately dry and conditions are not severe, but if you check out the maps and links below you will see that we are surrounded by extremely dry areas and obviously are blessed to be "abnormal" for the time being.
The US Drought Monitor shows that over 80% of the state of Texas is exceptionally dry as over November 29th, 2011. Today and yesterday we had quite a bit of rain but I am unsure how it has helped us. During this time of year, a "slope" in the land just before my kids school is normally a huge river by now and I hear all the kids upset because they can't cut through to get to school. Now everyone is walking through the grass with maybe some muddy shoes at the end but they can actually walk through.
All the creeks in our area are at least 2-3 feet lower then I remember seeing them last year. These conditions are only considered abnormal to moderately dry, imagine the conditions of a severe drought which is only a few miles away.

Many cities have done their research in hopes to get a grant but find no solutions because the conditions of the grants must be a permanent water fix. Unfortunately with all areas of Texas being low, pumping water from the city lakes, ponds, creeks are only temporary not to mention we have no Texas cities we can pump from because we are all desperate. For about two months my city had a NO WATERING ban and finally we have reached a plan where we were able to water on certain days based on our address.

Of course drought conditions cause us fire dangers. In July I was headed to work on a busy freeway in an area known for high traffic when out of no where, right next to me a fire breaks out in the median of the freeway. On my way back home over half a mile of grass was burned.

Although this is not a good condition of living for many reasons it is also known as a blessing for uncovering answers such as finding a woman named Brenda Oliver who went missing in July of 2008. The Texas Drought Uncovers Mystery of Missing Woman . She was found buckled into her car which was driven into a private lake. 

As Drought continues, Depleted Texas Lakes Expose Ghost Towns, Graves
Johnny C. Parks died two days before his first birthday more than a century ago. His grave slipped from sight along with the rest of the tiny town of Bluffton when Lake Buchanan was filled 55 years later. Now, the cracked marble tombstone engraved with the date Oct. 15, 1882, which is normally covered by 20 to 30 feet of water, has been eerily exposed as a yearlong drought shrinks one of Texas' largest lakes
Texas finished its driest 12 months ever with an average of 8.5 inches of rain through September, nearly 13 inches below normal.

Texas Reservoir prior to the drought

In the midst of the drought where many graves were found.

Drought reveals space shuttle Columbia debris in East Texas lake
Nacogdoches Police Department
The power reactant storage and distribution system, one of 18 tanks distributing power to the shuttle, had probably been submerged in Lake Nacogdoches since Columbia blew up Feb. 1, 2003.

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