Rain May Help Push Off Stage Four; Might Not Help Stage Three

Wichita Falls, TX. - The water may have been flowing plenty early Thursday after the rain, but Wichita Falls City Officials say while it's a start, we're still a ways off from where we want to be.

Data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says our area needs at least nine inches of rain in a month to pull us out of this drought. 

Public Works Operations Manger Daniel Nix says we'll have a better idea of just how last night's rain affects our lake levels by Monday.

"We'll recalculate the lake levels and if we've shown that we've gone back up above a trigger point, which would be our forty percent, we'll look at that how far above that forty percent did we go? What our demand season is, are we going into a high demand, are we going out of a high demand? And we'll look at our long range forecast for precipitation,"says Nix.

Then it's up to the city council based on a recommendation by the director of public works.
 "I think right now the best bet is to stay at stage three," says Nix.

 "For those people that say we should be enacting stage four restrictions right now, there's nothing that's preventing them from doing it themselves," says Nix.


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