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Impacts of historic drought linger in Texas

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By RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI
Associated Press

HOUSTON (AP) - Texas emerged from a historic drought almost three years ago, yet there still isn't enough water.

The impacts of record-breaking heat and years of low rainfall can be felt long after the prolonged dry spells. Texas is now struggling with the brunt of a yearlong drought that began in 2011, and more than 50 percent of the state remains in some level of drought.

National Drought Mitigation Center climatologist Mark Svoboda says the system has not yet recovered.

The 2011 drought is not officially as bad as the years-long drought that stretched through the 1950s. But climatologists say that because the state's population is now bigger, and the water resources have not grown as quickly, the impacts of a smaller drought can be worse.

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