|Published:||Jul 01, 2011 12:59 AM EDT|
|Updated:||Jun 30, 2011 9:47 PM EDT|
CAPE CORAL, Fla. -- After water levels in Cape Coral reached dangerous lows, things appear to be on the rise.
Allen Receveur has kept track of the canal levels in his backyard, and until now, he hasn't liked what he's seen.
"In the last few months we haven't been able to put the boat in because there hasn't been any water out here for the boat to float," Receveur says.
He and others in the Cape say the lack of rain has taken a bite out of their views and lawns.
Now, consistent rain on the horizon has them thinking a little brighter.
"Thank god. It was so dry. We would walk out on the grass and it would just crunch under your feet," says Leonard Scott, who lives down the street.
Until the wet weather came, water levels were at a dangerous low, which caused problems for the Cape's irrigation systems and shut down canal pumps.
Just last month, one of the city's water treatment plant pumps shut off automatically to conserve its bare minimum emergency supply.
City utilities director Jeff Pearson says, at their worst, canal levels were at roughly 2 feet. Since then, they have risen to at least 5.
"All of our canal pump stations are operating at full capacity, and we are very thankful that we've gotten all this wonderful rain," Pearson says.
He says people should now notice better water pressure from their irrigation systems.
Earlier this week, city leaders were expected to discuss further watering restrictions. Those talks have been put off, as the rain as made them unnecessary.
Still, the storm hasn't quite passed, says Pearson, who believes it will take many more rains to climb completely into the clear.
Meantime, Receveur is thankful for what he's seeing in his backyard.
"I'm dancing," he says. "Our rainy season started late this year so it's been a hard thing for everybody."
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