The jagged cracks running through the drying mud on the bottom of Medina Lake are up to 3 feet deep. As the water level drops, the cracks grow into a labyrinth of mini canyons around free-standing dirt towers supported by gelatinous muck.
Exposed by the receding water are hundreds of rusting 55-gallon drums, a Jeep, a hot tub and everything else that once sank in the lake. Homeowners along the shore are trying to make the best of it by organizing a day of trash removal next month along with the annual cleanup of the Medina River.
It’s one of the few benefits of the lake now being only 6.5 percent full.
Rain last week on Tuesday and Wednesday briefly stalled the decline of the lake level, which has been falling since the start of the drought in October 2010, but by Thursday afternoon, it was dropping again.