With Oklahoma still listed in a severe drought, the recent rain and snow came as a welcome change for many locals.
Shawnee lakes rose nearly three inches, leaving Wes Watkins Reservoir at 1,066.19 feet and Shawnee Twin Lakes at 1,064.68 feet, Interim Utility Director Steve Nelms said.
Nelms added that he hopes to see more precipitation.
Tecumseh Lake also rose four inches, City Manager Jimmy Stokes said.
Prague Lake had not been measured at press time, but City Manager Jim Griff said it had risen as well.
“It [the lake] comes up fairly quickly,” Griff explained this is due to run-off the lake receives.
Local farmers were able to see their ponds rise as well.
Karl Kozel said the moisture was welcome, and that he noticed several ponds had risen, which would be good for cattle.
“It’s really been a blessing,” Kozel said.
He added that February is usually a very dry month, and that had been compounded by the drought. However, Kozel believes the recent rain will be very beneficial for many farmers, and others.
“It’s really, really good for the whole state,” he said.
For himself, in particular, Kozel said this will help his crops, which include wheat, soybeans, and milo.
“It’ll really help our hay crop,” he said, adding that his hay crop hadn’t been doing well in the drought.
“We’ve been dreaming for this, and it’s finally come true,” Kozel said.