State senators expressed concerns Tuesday that a lack of water could harm Texas’ long-term growth, as they held a hearing about the impact of drought on power generation.

“People may still move here, but whether they will stay and prosper is not guaranteed,” said Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, at the outset of Senate Business & Commerce Committee hearing in Austin.

Despite significant wet weather across the state recently, including more than six inches of rain in parts of Houston in the last few days, the drought remains a concern. And drought conditions and lower lake levels could affect power plants, which rely on significant amounts of water for their operations.

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