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Despite recent rain, area lake levels stay low

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Posted: Monday, December 16, 2013 4:30 am

BELTON — It seems that no matter how much rain falls, it’s never enough.

Although parts of Central Texas received as much as 4 inches of rain in the last 30 days, according to data from the National Weather Service, Belton and Stillhouse Hollow lakes remain down.

Arty Johnson, a park ranger with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, said Belton Lake is about 10 feet below normal.

The corps’ daily lake elevation reports show that Stillhouse Hollow and Belton lakes have consistently been between 10 and 11 feet below their normal depth since Oct. 1.

“It’s better than last year when we got to record lows,” Johnson said. “But we still need to pray for rain.”

The reduced lake levels are causing difficulty for some local businesses that depend on the water.

George Lo, an employee at the Stillhouse Hollow Marina, said the low lake levels left the business in an “awful” situation.

“We didn’t get any rain,” Lo said. “We’re fixing to have to move the marina because it’s too shallow.”

Lo said the marina is on “a cable system” that allows it to be extended further into the lake. The process “takes about an hour” to complete.

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