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Texas drought reveals shipwrecks

A severe drought in Texas is revealing the bones of sunken ships as the water level drops.

“It’s kind of both an opportunity and a misfortune,” Mercado-Allinger said of receding levels on lakes and rivers. “It does give us an opportunity to view these resources, but we don’t have the (financial) resources to deal with them. The historical commission is working with other partners out there to help accomplish these tasks.”

At a very basic level, she said, her agency is trying to facilitate exhumations from submerged graveyards, with reburial of occupants in perpetual care cemeteries.

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Story: Allan Turner, My San Antonio | Photo: Courtesy Of The Texas Historical Commission / Texas Historical Commission

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