Lake Buchanan's residents, businesses continue to suffer from drought

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by ANDREW CHUNG / KVUE News and Photojournalist MATT OLSEN

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Posted on October 24, 2013 at 7:13 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 25 at 7:55 AM

Even though Lake Buchanan rose more than two feet over the past 30 days due to recent rains, plenty of shoreline is still exposed.

Patricia Stone lives in Buchanan Lake Village.

"Well it's awful because there's no one coming here, and all the businesses are going broke," she said.

She added that the low levels don’t impact just the Lake Buchanan area.

"This is the main water source for Austin. They need to be concerned about it. Because it's bad. They need to do something," said Stone.

Jack Davis lives near Lake Buchanan. He said this is the worst he's seen the lake since he's been here, and the low lake levels are hurting his septic tank business.

"There's just not the traffic and people buying property in the area, so it really has been slow. This is the slowest I've seen it - the longest - in the 40 years that I've lived here," he said.

Davis said the recent rain has been nice, but it's still frustrating.  

"With the rain we hope that it'll continue to rain; and it'll continue to come up. But it's gotta rain in the right places, and we just haven't had rain in the right places," he remarked.

Nancy Stanford owns the Bluffton convenience store. She said the region depends on tourism, especially during the summer months, and low lake levels have put a big dent in it.

"There's businesses down the road that have gone out of business and foreclosed on properties, and then properties are selling for less, and, you know, there's houses for sale all over," said Stanford.

Until this part of Central Texas gets much more rain, things will only continue to get worse for those who live around Lake Buchanan.

For more drought resources go here.

 

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