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Lake Somerville to reach a record-low water level

POSTED: Friday, July 29, 2011 - 3:47pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am

SOMERVILLE -- As this scorching heat continues to linger into the triple digits, it's not only just temperatures breaking records.

Central Texas lakes are at some of their lowest levels yet and as they continue to lose water, within days, Lake Somerville could be breaking records soon.

Lake Somerville water levels are dropping fast, about one tenth of foot per day.

"Well our current lake level at eight o'clock this morning 231.54 feet and our record was in, our record low was October 5, 1984 and it was 230.7 feet," said Lake Somerville Park Manager, Ernest Eberle.

at the rate the lake is losing water, within days the nearly 30 year record-low could be broken.

And if the lake doesn't get a significant amount of water anytime soon, it could take years to get back to it's normal levels.

"Of course it all related to the weather. It's hard to say, it could take years honestly. It just all depends on the weather trends and weather we're going to start getting rainfall," said Eberle.

But there is some hope this weekend with the promise of rain from Tropical Storm Don.

One lake visitor, Terry Shipe, said, "It would take a lot of rain. Hopefully this tropical depression out there will help, hopefully it will come this far."

Right now the lake stands about six and a half feet lower than normal but that's not keeping people away.

"The grass line back there is usually about where the shore is and it's getting tougher to put in your boat, it's definitely hot but it's a lot of fun," said Shipe.

About half of the lake's boat ramps are closed and the water gates remain open for now, but that could be changing if the water continues to drop.

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