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Yes, it rained … but we still need Proposition 6!


So, my ”no rain till November 6″ dance failed miserably. I hope my readers are all okay, and that your homes and families got through a messy week well and safely.

For many Austinites these “before and after” photos may be all the proof they need to assume the drought is over and Proposition 6 is unnecessary:

SRV in typical conditions 640x480

SRV Statue in Flood 640x480

In case you missed it that’s Stevie Ray Vaughn on the ‘shore’ of Lady Bird Lake, first in “normal” conditions, then on the morning of October 31, 2013.

And if that’s not enough, it looks like Central Texas voters will need their umbrellas next week to go vote for funding the State Water Plan!  Really?!!!!

On the other hand, here’s LCRA’s home page this morning:  LCRA.org.

I suspect that start page will change shortly, so in case it has changed by the time you click the link, the headline is “Midweek storms causing widespread downstream flooding Friday,” with the subhead “Heavy rains did little to ease historic drought.”  In the body of the article, here’s the important point for Central Texans:

“The storms did little to help the severe drought affecting the region’s water supply because the heavy rains fell downstream of the Highland Lakes. In order for rain to fill lakes Travis and Buchanan, the region’s reservoirs, it must fall in the 11,700-mile Highland Lakes’ watershed, an area upstream of Austin stretching north past San Saba and west past Fredericksburg and Junction.

“Less than an inch of rain fell in the watershed that feeds Lake Travis, and there was no measurable rain in much of the area that runs off into Lake Buchanan. The combined storage of lakes Travis and Buchanan increased slightly overnight and is now at 36 percent of capacity.”

Farther down the page, LCRA is already proposing to curtail agricultural water releases in 2014 — potentially the third consecutive year in which rice farmers do not receive water from the Highland Lakes.

Finally, although we obviously focus on local conditions, keep in mind that this week’s rain missed most of the state.  As of October 29, about 87% of the state was either “abnormally dry” or in some stage of drought:

TCEQ Drought Map

The good news in our area is that this week’s rain was undoubtedly very good for the Edwards Aquifer, and the rainfall south of Austin will ease the need for environmental and agricultural water releases in the short term.  The bad news is that for all the hardship flooding caused our friends and neighbors, this week’s weather did almost nothing to help the water supply for most of Austin and Travis County.

Now, I’m going back to being grateful for badly needed rain, and to wishing you all well.  I won’t go back to my “no rain” dance.

Looking forward to success on November 5 ….  Please vote FOR Proposition 6!

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About Bill Morris, Realtor

More than thirty years of business experience (high tech, client service, business organization and start-up, including many years in real estate) tell me that service is the key to success and I look forward to serving you. I represent both buyers and sellers throughout the Austin metropolitan area, which means first-hand market knowledge is brought to bear on serving your needs: -- Seller Representation is a comprehensive process that begins with thorough market analysis and consultation, continues with properly staging the home to achieve the highest price possible in a reasonable time on market, a complete program of marketing and promotion, ongoing updates and communication, closing coordination, and follow-up throughout (and after) the sale. -- Buyer Representation is also full service: shopping, previewing, price and market consultation, contracting, negotiating, coordination of inspections, appraisals, repairs, and closing details, and follow-up beyond the closing of your purchase to ensure your lasting satisfaction. Because the real estate industry is becoming more sophisticated and challenging every day, you need a professional that understands the industry and is positioned to stay ahead of the game. I go the extra mile to help you achieve your goals. That's why I constantly research the market and property values so your home is priced effectively from day one. I also make sure the public knows your home is for sale by using innovative advertising and marketing techniques to attract potential buyers.

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