White River Lake Rises 11 Feet - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/17/08

White River Lake Rises 11 Feet

Last week's record rainfall did a lot of damage in Lubbock County, but the results weren't all bad. Those eight inches of rain translated into 11 feet of water in White River Lake in Crosby County.

"Last week we were having people call and ask if they thought the lake would actually survive, and on Friday they were calling asking for directions on how to build an ark," said resident Jon Boles. 

Last week, residents of Crosby County watched White River Lake come back to life. "Our camping and fishing and boat ramps are back in, and within hours after the rain stopped we had people dragging boats from all over to look at the brand new White River Lake," said Boles. 

Rising water levels is good for recreation and tourism, but more importantly it solved a looming water crisis. Four towns - Crosbyton, Ralls, Spur, and Post - get their water supply from the lake, but that supply was quickly disappearing. "Evaporation was really killing us. About a foot every six weeks going down in evaporation, and we only had 12 feet left," said Boles.

Now those towns won't have to worry about losing water for a while. "This rainfall amount is four years worth of water, which is over two billion gallons of water," said Mickey Rogers, the General Manager of White River Municipal Water District. 

For that, residents are thankful. "The good Lord blessed us, and we're ready to be blessed again," said Rogers. 

This rain is good news for those towns, but the lake is still 20 feet below the spillway, so they could still use some more rain.

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