Dallas Drought Breaks

February 2, 2012 Updated: October 1, 2015
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Map of drought regions in the south. The Dallas-Forth Worth has been declared drought-free for the fist time since July last year. (Eric Luebehusen, USDA)

The Dallas-Fort Worth region is no longer suffering from a drought, according to a map from the U.S. Drought Monitor.

The monitor reported that the several inches of rain that soaked the area last week propelled it out of a drought for the first time since July.

Local officials, however, said that water restrictions will still be in place.

“I want to make sure if we come out of it, we’re going to be out of it for a long time,” District General Manager Jim Oliver told the Fort-Worth Star Telegram newspaper. “We’re not there yet.”

Most of Texas as well as parts of Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana have been suffering from drought or drought-like conditions since last summer.

“It’s still a very tenuous situation,” National Weather Service meteorologist Victor Murphy told The Associated Press. “Water concerns are a high priority. If we have a dry spring and a hot summer it will be very perilous situation.”