Drought still taking major toll on Elephant Butte Reservoir
POSTED: Friday, July 26, 2013 - 3:52pm
UPDATED: Friday, July 26, 2013 - 3:53pm
TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, NM — The U.S. Drought monitor has downgraded the drought status in West Texas to "likely removal" following recent rains, but not all is good news. Elephant Butte Reservoir in New Mexico remains at its lowest levels in 40 years.
Take a look at these before and after photos from NASA. One is a satellite image taken from space in July of 1994. The other is a look at the reservoir today.
Despite recent rains the lake is at only 3 percent of capacity and at its lowest level in 40 years. More than half of the lake has vanished in less than 20 years.