Current drought pales in comparison with 1950s ‘drought of record’

Outlet: Statesman

August 4, 2011

As Walter Prescott Webb, a University of Texas historian and noted U.S. water policy critic, wrote in 1953 : Droughts are unlike other natural disasters. They creep in slowly, with “no need for dramatic services of the Red Cross, martial law or the state police.” And, in the end, “everybody loses.” He was writing about the drought of the 1950s, the benchmark to which all other droughts in Texas are compared. It ran from 1947 to 1957, and at its end, a state water official called it “the most costly and one of the most devastating droughts in 600 years.”..