The recent heavy rain and flooding in New Mexico were at least helpful to some farmers.
The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports that last week's flood waters that flowed into Brantley Reservoir, where the Carlsbad Irrigation District stores water to send to farmers, turned out to be a boost.
Some Carlsbad-area will get an additional four-tenths of an acre-foot per acre for farmers in the Carlsbad Irrigation District.
The amount is far short of the 3.65 acre-feet per acre CID farmers are allowed in non-drought years when there is sufficient water in the CID's four storage reservoirs.
CID Manager Dudley Jones said with inflows into the CID's reservoirs in the northeast corner of the state and the two in Eddy County, he feels more optimistic about next year's water situation.