Victoria ends all drought restrictions
March 22, 2012 at 2:01 p.m.
Updated March 21, 2012 at 10:22 p.m.
The city of Victoria ended all drought contingency restrictions on Thursday.
Recent rainfall continues to increase water levels in the Guadalupe River. The flow on the Guadalupe River has remained consistently above normal throughout most of February and all of March.
The city's Drought Contingency Plan allows the city to terminate Stage I restrictions when the flow remains above normal for 14 consecutive days. The normal flow rate for each month of the year, which is based on historical flows, is provided in the city's permit to divert surface water from the Guadalupe River that is issued by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
The city chose to stay in Stage I for longer than the minimum 14 days because of the severe drought this area of the state has experienced.