The Texas Water Development Board reported drought conditions continue to affect nearly 96 percent of the state. Nearly two-thirds of Texas endures severe to exceptional drought conditions, with only 4 percent classified as drought free. Statewide reservoir storage continues to decline. Locally, about all of the western half of Palo Pinto County is considered to be in exceptional drought, the other half, severe. Collectively, Texas' monitored water supply reservoirs are 59 percent full. For examples, the TWDB cited Lakes Buchanan and Travis, major reservoirs for the central Texas area. Lake Buchanan is 36 percent full, its second lowest level since filling in the 1940s. Lake Travis, at 30 percent full, is at its fifth lowest level. Both reservoirs were nearly full in early 2008. The combined storage for Lakes Buchanan and Travis is 32 percent full. Absent rainfall soon, the combined storage for these reservoirs could set record lows in October. Tuesday, Possum Kingdom Lake was reported as being at 69.4 percent capacity; Lake Palo Pinto, 38.7 percent; and Lake Mineral Wells, 62.6 percent full. In surrounding areas, Hubbard Creek in Stephens County was reported at 28.1 percent full; Graham, 58.3 percent; Weatherford, 58.2 percent; Granbury, 61.9 percent full.

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