Drought over in Texas, but never far from mind

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- The U.S. Drought Monitor officially removed the last remaining portion of Texas still considered in drought status.

Today's drought status is a stark difference to what we saw four years ago when the drought was at its worst. High temperatures and lack of rain brought the most intense drought to our state in 2011.

In 2013 the drought monitor shows some improvement, however, much of the state still in severe drought status or worst.

This year's floods have brought an end to a multi-year drought, and for the first time in more than 5 years, Texas is considered drought free. There is less than three percent of Texas deemed "abnormally dry" or showing dryness but not yet in drought or recovering from drought.

Bottom line -- Texas is in much better shape in terms of water supply than we were four years ago and we are getting a reprieve for now. However, we have to be mindful that drought can happen at any time and we have to be smart with current water supply and conservation.
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