- Associated Press - Friday, May 16, 2014

DALLAS (AP) - Recent occasional heavy rain in North Texas hasn’t eased concerns about drought-stricken lake levels.

The North Texas Municipal Water District, which serves much of Collin, Denton and Rockwall counties north and east of Dallas, continues water restrictions that allow lawn sprinkler use just once every two weeks.

The district’s major reservoir, Lavon Lake, is at 51.6 percent capacity, up from 49 percent a week ago. But The Dallas Morning News reports (http://bit.ly/1nW7Vtz ) that’s considerably below the 63.7 percent capacity at this time a year ago.

The lake is about 480 feet above sea level, 12 feet below capacity. In three of the last four summers, it’s dropped 10 feet. Water district managers say a drop like that this summer could disable two of the lake’s three pumping stations.

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Information from: The Dallas Morning News, http://www.dallasnews.com