Texas' drought is the worst in years. Is the state on the brink of widespread disaster?
Lake Lavon, photographed during a period of drought that left it only about half full, is the main reservoir of the North Texas Municipal Water District. - Ryan Michalesko/The Dallas Morning News/TNS

FORT WORTH, Texas — Texas is in the worst drought conditions since 2011, when 95% of the state was in drought. Eleven years ago, parched conditions caused more than $7 billion in crop and livestock losses, sparked wildfires, pushed power grids to the limit and reduced reservoirs to dangerously low levels, according to the University of Texas at Austin. As of March 29, 88% of Texas was in drought conditions, affecting an estimated 18.2 million Texans, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. About 42% of the state is seeing extreme or exceptional drought. Just three months ago, 67% of the state w...