Recent rainfall makes impact across Grayson County


GRAYSON COUNTY, TX - Heavy rain fell across most of Texoma today, varying from a foot in southern Cooke County to an eighth of an inch in parts of Southern Oklahoma.

"Consider it a blessing to get this type of weather at this time of year," said Ben Wible, a local farmer.

Wible is the District 4 State Director for the Texas Farm Bureau and owns nearly 3,400 acres of land in Grayson County.

He said his property got about an inch and a half of rain which is very beneficial to his harvest.

"You take what is offered. You don't have a choice on that. I've gone through droughts, floods, whatever. This was just a perfect rain that we had here in July," said Wible.

Grayson County received an average of about two inches of rain since last night.

While the rain may already be affecting farmers, it'll take a little more precipitation to impact Lake Texoma.

"Right now for this time of year we're a little under eight feet low. We're at elevation 611.14 so we desperately need a considerable amount of more rain," said B.J. Parkey, with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Parkey said it's not just the amount of rain that affects lake levels.

"It depends on duration, intensity and the location of where the rainfall is going to occur at," said Parkey.

Each lake has a watershed, where rainfall from certain areas, drain to one particular point.

Lake Texoma's watershed is about 40,000 square miles, stretching from Texas and Oklahoma to New Mexico.

Parkey said it could take several days before they know the exact impact that the rain to our west, and here in Texoma, will have on the lake level.

"It's still a little too early to tell exactly what the impact of the recent rainfall that we've received in the past 12 to15 hours will do to Lake Texoma. We're expecting a little bit of a bump in elevation. But a lot of that rain in Denton County and southern Cooke, that was not within Lake Texoma's watershed," said Parkey.

Parkey said the rainfall in Southern Oklahoma will take a few days to find its way into the Red River, and then eventually into Lake Texoma.

He said he hopes to see the elevation bump to the lake level by this weekend.


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