Updated 01/10/2013 08:59 AM
Heavy rain brings little relief from drought
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Central Texas saw more rain on Wednesday than it has since the beginning of September. While most areas saw at least two inches of rain, some saw as much as three to four inches.
It’s a welcome change from many dry months, but area creeks, rivers and lakes need much more rain.
Darrell Dunten has been running a cactus and glass shop out by Lake Travis for about 35 years.
"When the lake's full, everybody came up here, but now, there's nobody coming because there's not much lake," he said. "This is measurable and thank God, you know. It's soaking in."
But that soaking of the rain is part of the problem. Lower Colorado River Authority rain gauges show about two inches of rain across the Lake Travis watershed, but very little made its way to area creeks.
"It hasn't really made a significant change because of the drought, because it is so dry," Justin O’Baugh with the Pedernales Fire Department said.
Several puddles were present at Bee Creek Wednesday afternoon, but no water was flowing.
While Lake Travis rose about six inches, it's still 37 feet below average.
"This has been a very slow, steady rain, so fortunately, there hasn't been a lot of flooding," O’Baugh said.
The recent rainfall caused little change on the Pedernales River.
"There's just a little thread of water going through that big river basin,” O’Baugh said. “And I've seen that thing up really high."
The moisture from these rains has been enough to lift the burn ban in Travis County, at least temporarily, but it will take many more rain events to even begin to refill the Highland Lakes.