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Central Texas got some much needed rain, but experts say more is still needed

Low lake levels and drought conditions still remain a significant cause for concern.

AUSTIN, Texas — Central Texas saw widespread rainfall during Mother's Day weekend, with a number of small floods reported.

According to the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA), in 24 hours, the Hill Country received 1 to 2 inches of rain while other areas saw at least 4 inches. Since the rainfall began, just a couple of inches have been added Lake Travis and Lake Buchanan.

The added water levels are vital, as lake levels continue to deteriorate and drought conditions continue to worsen. But officials with the Central Water Coalition explained that, "unfortunately," the rainfall our area has experienced so far isn't enough to bring lake levels back to normal.

Flooding is what is needed.

Lake Travis is only 45% full and it would take nearly two billion gallons of water to fill it, according to the Central Water Coalition. 

Officials say that rainfall rarely fills up the lake and when the drought has dried up the moisture content in the ground, most rain will simply be absorbed, making it unable to runoff.

LCRA officials also mentioned that they are monitoring the inflow into the Highland Lakes and are ready to respond if floodgate operations are needed. Thus far, none have been opened.

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