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Authorities Consider Easing Restrictions Following Friday Rain

Posted October 14, 2002 11:29 a.m. EDT

— Plenty of rain fell on the Research Triangle area last weekend, and some local officials are considering easing water use restrictions.

The Town of Hillsborough, which was enforcing Stage 5 mandatory water use restrictions, lifted its restrictions Monday.

Durham water conservation coordinator Vicki Westbrook said city officials will discuss whether to loosen restrictions on water use. Thanks to six inches of rain, Lake Michie was filled, making up for being 14 feet below full days earlier. The Little River Reservoir is now near full.

Raleigh will consider easing its water restrictions at Tuesday's City Council meeting.

By Sunday, Falls Lake had risen 7.5 feet. Jordan Lake rose more than eight feet and is now six feet above normal. That prompted lake officials to issue high water warnings for boaters.

Tuesday's forecast calls for heavy rains, but meteorologists said the drought is far from over.

Meteorologist Doug Schneider said there is still a precipitation deficit, but for 2002, there is a chance to approach normal.