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Labor Day Lake Levels Near Record Lows

 
Labor Day Lake Levels Near Record Lows
Posted August 29th, 2014 @ 5:27pm

As we approach the Labor Day weekend, levels in area lakes have been pushed by the drought to dangerously low levels, Newsradio 1200 WOAI's Berit Mason reports.

  Ranger Ron McNeil at Medina Lake says the drought is 'drying everything up.'  He says he's left with boats sitting on the muddy floor of what used to be a lake.

  "All our docks are out of the water, all our boat ramps are out of the water, all we have are trees down there," he said.

  At Canyon Lake, Comal County officials say six of the nine boat raps are closed because there is no water near enough to the ramps to use them to get a boat into the lake.

  At Medina Lake, McNeil says the local tourism industry, which usually blooms around the summer holidays, has been hit hard by the decline of Medina Lake levels.

  "It looks more like a forest than a lake," he said.  "If there is any water at all, it is a little trickle in the middle, you can't even see it."

  McNeil says the situation around Medina Lake is getting dire.

  "A lot of the restaurants and other businesses have closed because they can't get any business.  Some have stayed open, but it's not like it used to be around here."

  The hot summer and low rain levels have devastated Central and South Texas lakes.  Many lakes are at or near record low levels after four years of remorseless drought.

 PHOTO; WOAI

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