LUBBOCK, Texas — Restaurant owner Kelly Duncan gazes incredulously at a full Lake Lavon.
Three months ago, this lake northeast of Dallas was half-full. Good rainfalls in March and April brought big changes — the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released water this week from the full lake to reduce flood risk.
“I forgot what it looked like when it was full,” the 59-year-old owner of Big Daddy’s Roadhouse BBQ said. “It’s looking really good.”
Statewide, estimates from the National Weather Service indicate the first four months of this year have been the fifth wettest since 1895 and the wettest since 1997. So far this year, estimates show the state has gotten 11.5 inches of precipitation, or about 160 percent of the normal 7.1 inches. March and April each provided 200 percent of the state’s normal rainfall.