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Several patches of land have become visible in Lake Cooper as the water level has continued to decline.
The "bird bath" located next to the dam is now completely surrounded by dry land.
The "bird bath" located next to the dam is now completely surrounded by dry land.
The level at Lake Cooper continues to fall as the Olney area still lacks significant rainfall. Lake Cooper fell below, 1,125 feet elevation last week, and has declined further as hot, dry conditions have continued. Olney still gets uses from 320,000 to 400,000 gallons of water per day, with only 300,000 gallons of that amount allowed to come from Lake Kickapoo in Wichita Falls. The combined lake levels of the Wichita Falls water sources is nearing 30 percent, which will send the larger city into Stage 4 of its drought plan - where Olney has been since February of this year. Outdoor watering using the city's water is still prohibited.