In less than one week some parts of Central Texas have received over one foot of rainfall. While our area has suffered from drought conditions now for several years, this rain was welcome but not all at one time. Here in Waco, Texas we received almost 12 inches of rainfall in a 48-hour period of time, which caused flooding in many areas. After the skies cleared last week, I drove over some of our hard hit country roads and there was a great deal of damage indeed that county work crews will most definitely be working to repair for several weeks.
Only one month ago, cities all over the State of Texas were preparing to institute water rationing plans because of severe drought conditions. However, in less than a week most Central Texas lakes are now full and some are even overflowing. Mother Nature is a strange beast that I learned a long time ago cannot be controlled. While surveying some of the damage last weekend, my wife and I traveled to downtown Waco to see how much water runoff was coming down the Brazos River. Downtown Waco has an old suspension bridge where citizens can walk across the Brazos River. The water was running bank to bank when we were there and it was easy to see rip currents throughout the fast flowing water.
I was listening to a radio station out of Dallas Texas yesterday and they were reporting that people in the DFW Metroplex would most likely still see water rationing this summer even though their lakes filled up after this latest rainfall, as well. When I heard this news it sort of made me angry at the way some city governments work. If there is no need to ration water why now are they still going to do it anyway? My guess is that the City of Dallas spent a great deal of time and money coming up with a water rationing plan and now that it is not needed they hate to see all that hard work and money go down the drain. If that is the case then city leaders need to rethink their thinking about this issue.
One thing is for sure and that is the bluebonnets are now coming out big time around this part of Texas and they are beautiful indeed. The tremendous rainfall last week assured a nice bluebonnet season in Central Texas and that will make for a spectacular Easter Sunday this weekend. My father worked in agriculture most of his life and I learned early on that weather is a very important part of life. The problem of no rain and then too much rain was a daily concern when there were crops in the field. Now that I no longer live in a home fixated on weather, my thoughts still go back to farmers from time to time and how they must always keep a watchful eye on the latest weather forecast because their very livelihood depends on it.
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