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Drought Outlook Better in East Texas, Worse in South

U.S. Drought Monitor

Good news and bad in the latest drought forecast from the federal government: The situation is expected to improve in the next few months east of Central Texas, but it’s expected stay bad and even get worse in parts of South Texas.

Ed Walker, manager of the groundwater conservation district in Dimmit, La Salle and Zavala counties, says there has been some rainfall this spring but nowhere near enough.

“We have had some rain, but it’s an inch here, half-inch there and really, really dry,” Walker said. “Water tables have dropped quite a bit over the last couple of years.”

Walker says it’s been unusually dry for about four years, during which they’ve been pumping out ground water that’s not being replenished with rain.

Trey Shaar is an All Things Considered producer, reporter and host. Got a tip? Email him at Follow him on Twitter @treyshaar.