Snow, Rain Bring Much-Needed Moisture To Oklahoma

Tuesday, February 26th 2013, 6:30 pm
By: Dana Hertneky

Monday's snow and rain certainly brought some needed moisture to Oklahoma. Most areas across the state received between one and three inches of rain.

John Knight, owner of the Sorghum Mill Tree farm, was finally able to get back to planting trees Monday morning.

"It was too dry to plan and now we can start back," Knight said.

Knight says they got about two inches of moisture Monday.

"I'm happy to see the rain," Knight said.

And because of snow and rain over the past two weeks, the ground has become saturated.

"This is good for us," Knight said.

And good for Lake Heffner too which supplies some of Oklahoma City's water and has been getting desperately low.

"Now that the ground has moisture in it, we'll see more runoff especially if we get more rain quickly," Debbie Regan said.

The saturated ground will also mean more of the water recently released from Canton Lake will make it to the Lake Heffner. The recent moisture, according to meteorologists was one of the most significant rain events since the drought started and while it may be not be a drought buster, it is a good step in the right direction.

Knight, who has lost thousands of trees since the drought started, is hoping so.

"The moisture may be slow coming, but I think eventually we will get back to where we were," Knight said.

Oklahoma City says the recent rain however doesn't change the mandatory water restrictions that are still in place for the city.