GALVESTON ISLAND - Today, the City of Galveston issued a Stage 2 Drought Contingency Plan (which you can get details about by going to the Hot Button). Yet, Galveston is NOT in a drought right now and, in fact, is only running about 4" below normal rainfall for the year. But that isn't the problem. Galveston gets it water from the Brazos River Authority and the basins upstream are getting low, especially between Austin and Abilene. All the rainwater up there gets caught in the Brazos River and makes its way here...but an Exceptional to Extreme Drought is occurring in northwest Texas. And it's not likely to let up anytime soon, so expect these restrictions to stay in place for the summer. The good news is that ground moisture in Galveston itself is pretty good and there is hope for summer rains. We'll keep you posted! Frank
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