‘Just not enough’
Dooley looked outside his water district office last month at the rain and sleet pelting Lone Chimney Lake and flashed a half-hearted grin.
“The moisture is good,” he said. “But it’s just enough to fall into the cracks. The ground is so dry.”
Dooley, the distribution operator, knows firsthand. He recently fixed 12 leaks in pipelines near the Lone Chimney water distribution plant over the course of a week because of the dry, cracking soil. The recent rain and snowfall will certainly buy some time, but not enough to ease minds or end a drought.
Hensley said while the moisture is good, “it’s just not enough. What we need is a good four to five inches of heavy rain that will run off and fill the lake.”
He shook his head as if in disbelief, quietly adding, “This is the worst I’ve ever seen.”
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