Lake levels rise as Houston recovers from drought

Author: Mary Lee, Meteorologist, mlee@kprc.com
Published On: Aug 15 2012 05:48:14 PM CDT   Updated On: Aug 15 2012 06:31:01 PM CDT
Lake Houston
HOUSTON -

The Houston area is completely out of a drought. It's no small feat after last year's devastation.

"We're back," said Roger Randall with Texas Adaptive Aquatics. "Lake Houston is back." 

What a dramatic difference one year can make. Houston's Bush Intercontinental Airport has received almost 32 inches of rain so far this year, which is a rainfall surplus.

Randall said he remembers last summer when Lake Houston's level was dangerously low. Randall had to shut down his nonprofit organization, Texas Adaptive Aquatics, because of it.

Fast forward 11 months and Lake Houston is full. The water almost up to the top of Randall's boat ramp

"We've watched the waters rise," said Randall. "We're excited to get out there and reach more people."

Randall is now breathing a sigh of relief, thankful the lake level rose so quickly.

"Very lucky," said Randall. "There are other lakes that haven't recovered. We're fortunate."