satellite images of Lake Arrowhead over the past four year
As of today, the water level of Lake Arrowhead is at 19.8%. To put the changes to the lake into perspective, the City of Wichita Falls released a video/And as Mechell Dixon shows us, the drought's toll is shocking!
The video is time lapsed, satellite images of Lake Arrowhead over the past four year.And the differences bet ween the lake then and now not only has Wichita Falls city officials concerned but also those who live on Lake Arrowhead.
The waters of Lake Arrowhead is what prompted Race Rutledge to build his home here more than 20 years ago.
"It's so beautiful... my place was and I had all the water that I needed to water my trees and my yard then all of a sudden, there's just no water there anymore," Rutledge says.
Water is now replaced with plants that have overtaken the beach.And launching a boat is impossible because there is no long any water.
The City of Wichita Falls released time lapse, satellite images of the lake from 2010 to this year.
And it shows the sprawling waters of the lake drying up and turning to land.
Lake Arrowhead State Park's superintendent says it's shocking to remember the changes to the lake from 2010
"We had plenty of water. It flowed over the spillway for almost two weeks straight. Then 2011 hit and the lake just started dwindling since that year," says Keith Gauthier, Lake Arrowhead State Park superintendent.
But those who live on the lake say while the drought is devastating, they're taking it in stride.
"It's just part of nature is the way I look at it. I still believe in prayer, though," Rutledge says.
The dwindling waters of Lake Arrowhead was a huge concern for the City of Wichita Falls because it is where the city gets water for residents and businesses.
The impact of the drought is also why the city implemented a plan to get more water in the system, which is why the highly publicized Emergency Water Reuse Project went online in July.