Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Texas town still suffers effects of heat, drought; water supply down to two weeks


By Dave Alsup, CNN
updated 10:04 PM EST, Mon November 21, 2011

The Texas town of Groesbeck is on the verge of running dry.

"We have about two weeks of water left," Groesbeck Mayor Jackie Levingston said. Her central Texas town, population 4,300, is one of the latest victim's of the state's ongoing drought.

A lack of rain and the summer's intense heat -- more than 90 days of triple-digit temperatures -- combined to dry out the Groesbeck water supply.

"We lost more water to evaporation than we were using this summer," Levingston said in a telephone interview.

Fort Parker Lake is the city's primary source of water. Heat evaporation took roughly 731 million gallons of water from the lake. The city used only 54 million.



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