As rain continued to pour onto Somervell County Tuesday night, water levels were on the rise.
Following months of drought, a gauge monitoring the amount of water flowing down the Paluxy River hit a point it had not reached since last spring, according to Kevin Taylor, Somervell County Water District manager.
Taylor said the magic number - when the valve delivering water from the river into the reservoir at Wheeler Branch Park is opened - was hit Tuesday night. He said when the gauge registers a certain cubic feet per second, a district employee manually engages the valve and activates the pumps. The pump system was activated Wednesday morning.
At full capacity SCWD has the ability to pump 14,000 gallons of water per minute into the reservoir.
"Until today, we hadn't pumped at full capacity in more than a year," Taylor said Wednesday.
He also said before rain began to fall Tuesday morning - at about 9 a.m. - the lake was at its driest.
"Yesterday morning, it was at its lowest," Taylor said, adding water level was down a little more than four feet.
According to somervellweather.com, which reports weather information recorded at a station at Wheeler Branch Park, more than four inches (4.11) of rain had fallen in a 24-hour period by about 9:30 Wednesday morning.
Meanwhile, residents across the county reported rainfall totals of as high as 4.5 inches. Reporter Facebook fan Teena Crawford said her rain gauge on CR 2007 had reached that level by 11 a.m. Others reported totals ranging from a little more than two inches up to five. At 11:30 a.m., Ann Merrill reported five inches at CR 313 Spur, in the Glen Rose Hills addition.
The rains led County Judge Mike Ford to lift the burn ban Wednesday morning.
Rain was expected to continue falling throughout the day Wednesday, with a 60 percent chance of rain that night, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).
The seven day forecast showed temperatures Thursday could reach a high of 60 degrees with a potential high of 70 on Friday. Sunny conditions are expected on both days, but the county could see thunderstorms Saturday, NWS said.