Commerce still under Stage 1 of drought contingency

Commerce – The City of Commerce remains in the Stage 1 of its drought contingency plan. The first of three stages asks for a voluntary cutback of water usage by all residents. Lake Tawakoni is the main source of water for Commerce and surrounding areas, and is now sitting over seven feet below normal levels.

Tips on conserving water can be found at the City of Commerce website at or by calling City Hall at 903.886.1100.

Severe drought has also led to extreme wildfires lately. Burn bans persist throughout most of Texas and Oklahoma. The area is under a red flag warning until 7 tonight, meaning conditions are ripe for fire to start and spread.