AUSTIN (KXAN) - Tuesday's thunderstorms didn't just leave behind a big mess for people to clean up, they brought heavy rains to a parched region.
The rains that filled up Austin's creeks, streams, and lakes were a welcome sight as severe drought conditions loom on the horizon.
At Zilker Park, children played in large pools of water big enough to swim in, soaking up the remnants of a rare rainstorm.
Just miles down the road at the Lady Bird Wildflower Center, it was a wet day for visitors as well. The rain was welcomed with open arms, as environmentalists there are working to conserve water use.
"It's a good drought resistant alternative," Waitt said. "From the get-go the wildflower center has been designed to minimize water use."
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