Cedar Creek Reservoir reaches full capacity


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The cup isn’t quite overflowing, but it’s close enough for a county in its fifth year of drought.
The Tarrant Regional Water District’s Cedar Creek Reservoir is full for the first time in three years, according to Bob Carl of the National Weather Service.

After the recent winter weather, Cedar Creek Reservoir rose about 3 feet to reach full capacity, Carl said. Cedar Creek is Tarrant County’s only reservoir to have met capacity this winter.
“It’s a really big deal,” Carl said. “It’s been quite some time since we’ve had a reservoir completely full, and on average the lakes have done nothing but decline.”
The last time Cedar Creek Lake was full was early 2012, Carl said.
Dean Minchillo of the Tarrant Regional Water District said that the Cedar Creek Reservoir provides 30 percent of Tarrant County’s water supply.
The other six lakes that contribute to Tarrant County’s water supply rose as well, Minchillo said, but not nearly as much as Cedar Creek. The other lakes remain under capacity by 2 to 24 feet.
Carl said last week’s precipitation mainly benefited the eastern side of Fort Worth where the Cedar Creek Reservoir is located.
“There’s a pretty distinct line down Fort Worth that separates what areas are getting under 10 inches and what areas are getting 10 to 20,” said Carl.
The National Weather Service forecasts more rain for later this week, Carl said. However, Carl said the rain is projected to again mainly benefit the eastern side of Dallas-Fort Worth.