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."

CAPE CORAL, Fla. -- AFTER WATER LEVELS IN CAPE CORAL REACHED DANGEROUS
NEW LOWS... THINGS APPEAR TO BE ON THE RISE.I use that as a marker,
there's a little culvert you can barely see it sticking out of the
water there..">

ALLEN RECEVEUR HAS KEPT TRACK OF THE WATER LEVELS IN HIS BACKYARD
CANAL... 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.

HE AND OTHERS IN CAPE CORAL 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 (laughs).
We would walk out on the grass and it would just crunch under your
feet.

UNTIL THE WET WEATHER CAME... WATER LEVELS WERE AT A DANGEROUS LOW...
WHICH CAUSED PROBLEMS FOR THE CAPE'S IRRIGATION SYSTEMS.

Just last month, one of the city's water plant pumps shut
off automatically. That was so it could conserve its bare minimum
emergency supply.

CITY UTILITIES DIRECTOR JEFF PEARSON SAYS AT ITS WORST... CANAL LEVELS
WERE AT ROUGHLY 2 FEET..  SINCE THEN THEY'VE 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.

STILL... THE STORM HASN'T QUITE PASSED... HE SAYS... IT WILL TAKE MANY
MORE RAINS -- HE SAYS -- FOR THE AREA TO CLIMB COMPLETELY INTO THE
CLEAR.

UNTIL THEN... RECEVEUR IS THANKFUL FOR WHAT HE'S SEEING...

I'm dancing -- I mean our
rainy season started late this year so it's been a hard thing for
everybody.     PEARSON SAYS PEOPLE SHOULD NOW NOTICE BETTER WATER
PRESSURE FROM THEIR IRRIGATION SYSTEMS.
    CITY LEADERS WERE EXPECTED TO DISCUSS FURTHER WATERING
RESTRICTION EARLIER THIS WEEK.
    THOSE TALKS WERE PUT OFF... AS THE RECENT RAIN MADE THEM UNNECES

CAPE CORAL, Fla. -- AFTER WATER LEVELS IN CAPE CORAL REACHED DANGEROUS

NEW LOWS... THINGS APPEAR TO BE ON THE RISE.I use that as a marker,

there's a little culvert you can barely see it sticking out of the

water there..">

 

ALLEN RECEVEUR HAS KEPT TRACK OF THE WATER LEVELS IN HIS BACKYARD

CANAL... 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.

 

HE AND OTHERS IN CAPE CORAL 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 (laughs).

We would walk out on the grass and it would just crunch under your

feet.

 

UNTIL THE WET WEATHER CAME... WATER LEVELS WERE AT A DANGEROUS LOW...

WHICH CAUSED PROBLEMS FOR THE CAPE'S IRRIGATION SYSTEMS.

 

Just last month, one of the city's water plant pumps shut

off automatically. That was so it could conserve its bare minimum

emergency supply.

 

CITY UTILITIES DIRECTOR JEFF PEARSON SAYS AT ITS WORST... CANAL LEVELS

WERE AT ROUGHLY 2 FEET.. SINCE THEN THEY'VE 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.

 

STILL... THE STORM HASN'T QUITE PASSED... HE SAYS... IT WILL TAKE MANY

MORE RAINS -- HE SAYS -- FOR THE AREA TO CLIMB COMPLETELY INTO THE

CLEAR.

 

UNTIL THEN... RECEVEUR IS THANKFUL FOR WHAT HE'S SEEING...

 

I'm dancing -- I mean our

rainy season started late this year so it's been a hard thing for

everybody. PEARSON SAYS PEOPLE SHOULD NOW NOTICE BETTER WATER

PRESSURE FROM THEIR IRRIGATION SYSTEMS.

CITY LEADERS WERE EXPECTED TO DISCUSS FURTHER WATERING

RESTRICTION EARLIER THIS WEEK.

THOSE TALKS WERE PUT OFF... AS THE RECENT RAIN MADE THEM UNNECESSARY.

SARY.