A torrential downpour Thursday that dumped almost seven inches of rain on portions of Runnels County, has filled up the lakes in Winters and Ballinger and that is good news especially going into the colder months.

A torrential downpour Thursday that dumped almost seven inches of rain on portions of Runnels County, has filled up the lakes in Winters and Ballinger and that is good news especially going into the colder months.

Last week, according to the National Weather Service in San Angelo, a stationary upper level trough converged on the area and dumping almost four inches of rain in Ballinger and almost seven inches in Wingate.

“The system kept feeding Gulf moisture over the area and it wasn’t moving,” said Aaron Woodward, a meteorologist with NWS.

The lakes in Winters, which are fed by a watershed located near Lawn.

"They are 99 percent full," said Winters Water Operator Chris Ozbirn. "We lack about a foot of water from being full."

So the rains on Nov. 3 filled up both lakes in Ballinger as well. Rains from Wingate, go into Valley Creek, which fills up the old lake. Rains over Norton, send water to Quarry Creek, which filled up the new lake.

Prior to the recent rains, Ozbirn said the Winter lakes were down three feet.

"They came up one foot the day of the rain and are continuing to rise," Ozbirn said. "Our spillway is still running."

The two lakes in Winters provide the water supply for the city. In addition the City of Winters sells water to the North Runnels Water Supply Corporation.

Ozbirn said the full lakes were good for the community.