Drought in Texas Could Last 8 More Years

In the fall of 2011 it was reported wild animals were facing difficult conditions due to the long drought in Texas and resorting to looking for water in human residential areas. For example, a coyote stole a watermelon from a man’s garden just to get the juice, a baby armadillo showed up in a front yard and drank water from a garden hose. Other animals such as racoons and feral hogs were also appearing in yards in search of water, while deer were walking on roads in the middle of the day. Donkeys were being abandoned at a high rate because the drought drove up the cost of feed. Wildfires, dried up land and very hot conditions might also have killed 500 million trees in the Lone Star state.

This drought isn’t likely to end any time soon; in fact, it has been predicted to last another eight years. So far it has caused an estimated $5.2 billion in agricultural damages.

The main cause of the drought appears to be related to a new La Nina, but climate change has been acknowledged by the Texas state climatologist to be a factor. 2011 was the driest year in Texas since 1917 with only 15 inches of statewide rainfall. Thirteen public water systems are projected to run out of water in 180 days or less. One water system serving 1,500 people could run out on March 1. Almost sixty percent of the state is either in severe or exceptional states of drought. Climate experts from Columbia University have said the drought is likely to get worse.

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Natasha Salgado
Past Member 5 years ago

So can they shut down that god awful cattle industry now??? Please

Lydia Price

The poor animals! I hope people are able and caring enough to set out pans of water for them now and in the years to come. Are there rescue efforts being made for the donkeys?

paul m.
paul m5 years ago

Inport water from else where, do you think I'm mad ? Years ago I got talking to a frist -mate on a ship,,the ships job was too transport water from Africa to one off middle east Arab Countries one million gallons per day ,,,,,just to water a golf course,,,yes I was surprised too but if you have money,,,!

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W5 years ago


Winn Adams
Winn A5 years ago


Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton5 years ago

Thanks for the info.

Kenneth D.
Kenneth Davies5 years ago

Sad news

Jane R.
Jane R5 years ago

Marie W. I beg to differ!! I wonder where you got your info from.

Naomi A.
Naomi A6 years ago

In such a dry state, I am surprised that homes do not have their own water storage units for toilet water and watering the yard.
People need to take a good hard look at how they use water.
I live in Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia. Im lucky my rental property has a dual flush toilet, I water my plants twice a week in the dry and I always wait until I have a full load for my 4 star water saving front loader washing machine.
Water is precious. There really isnt enough out there to drink.

Philip W.
Philip W6 years ago

I thought Rick Perry had a prayer vigil in 2011 to end the drought. Let's hope he doesn't pray for world peace and a cure for cancer. http://grist.org/climate-policy/2011-08-09-rick-perry-prays-for-an-end-to-drought-and-epa-regulations/