09/12/2011 04:43 pm ET | Updated Nov 12, 2011

Texas Drought And Wildfires: Before And After The Severe Weather (INTERACTIVE PHOTO)

Texas is dry. Really dry.

This has been the worst drought in Texas since the 1950's, and the drought has been a perfect breeding ground for wildfires, which have broken out across the state.

In response to the severe weather, President Obama has declared a state of emergency and approved federal aid for those impacted by Texas wildfires.

The photos below, courtesy of Google and GeoEye, show the impact of the Texas wildfires and drought.

Slide your mouse left and right on the first image below to view Lake Whitney in North Central Texas before and after the wildfires and drought.

A fire near the lake "destroyed six homes and several structures" last Thursday, according to the Associated Press.

The first, greener-looking image shows the lake in 2008. The second image shows the lake after the Texas wildfires: both the shoreline expands and the greenery fades away.

The other photos show the impact of the severe weather on two other locations in Texas: Sweetwater and Bastrop.

Lake Whitney: