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Wichita Falls is Now in Stage 3 Drought Emergency

The City of Wichita Falls is scheduled to go into Stage 3 Drought Emergency on Tuesday, February 5th. A stage 3 drought emergency is declared when the combined storage level of lakes Kickapoo and Arrowhead drops to 40% of the total conservation pool storage capacity

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Lake Arrowhead in July 2012
Lake Arrowhead in July 2012
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Critical: Lake Levels Below 50 Percent

City of Wichita Falls: Lake levels drop below 50 percent

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Drought Effects May Last Years

We all know what the intense heat and drought have done to us.   Just look at the majority of lawns around the area.  Or look at the dwindling cattle herds.  It's awfully tough to maintain a herd with no grass and dry tanks, so area ranchers have sold them off in record numbers

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Wichita Falls About To Enter Drought Watch: Stage One

 

So, fellow, Wichitans, it looks likes we need to implement some big-time water conservation!  City leaders met today to discuss the conditions we've undergone the last few months and it looks like Drought Watch 2011 will be upon us sooner than we'd like to believe.  Here's the official statement from the City: 

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Stages of a Drought
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The Four Stages Of Drought Management – Do You Know What They Are?

It looks like the summer of 2011 might just be one for the books. And while it's always exciting to set new records, there are downsides, too. Things like water usage restrictions due to drought management programs.

As I write this, we're still in the "Normal" status according to the City of Wichita Falls. Even so, it's time to seriously consider your water usage.

Long, hot, dry summers are no stranger to Wichita Falls, and four stages of drought management plans are in place to deal with the situation as it develops from year to year. By the time this summer is over we'll probably be well acquainted with several of them.

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(Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Extreme Temps Can Spell Danger In A Hurry

Way back in 1990, I was young, fresh out high school and looking for a job doing anything I could to make a buck.  I found lots of work, but not a lot of bucks.  It was late June or early July I think

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(Photo by Joe Raedle/Newsmakers)
(Photo by Joe Raedle/Newsmakers)
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Burn Bans Will Dampen 4th Of July Celebrations This Year

It's dry.  Very, very dry.  Texas is in the grips of one of the worst drouhgts in the last 50 years and this has prompted over 125 Texas Counties to enact burn bans to include the use of fireworks this year

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Photo by Aaron Galloway-Townsquare Media Wichita Falls
Photo by Aaron Galloway-Townsquare Media Wichita Falls
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Wichita Falls Cancels July 4th Festivities

The City of Wichita Falls has opted to postpone the planned July 4th celebrations due to the ongoing drought.  Barry Levy, Wichita Falls Public Information Officer, issued the following press release:

Due to extremely dry weather in the City of Wichita Falls the “4th in the Falls” 4th of July celebration has been postponed

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