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Some Towns, Cities Ease Water Restrictions Following Friday Rain

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DURHAM, N.C. — Friday's rains caused lots of problems, but the rain also helped solve some.

Just a few days ago, cities and towns across the Triangle were considering tighter water restrictions. For some, that is no longer the case.

The Town of Hillsborough, which was enforcing Stage 5 mandatory water use restrictions, lifted its water restrictions Monday. Residents are asked to voluntarily conserve.

Durham's Little River Reservoir and Lake Michie gained nearly 12 feet of water with the rainfall and runoff. Twice a week watering restrictions have been eased with voluntary conservation is in effect.

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

Raleigh will consider easing its water restrictions at Tuesday's City Council meeting. For now, Stage 1 restrictions remain in effect.

Chapel Hill and Carrboro remain are under emergency use restrictions. Cane Creek, the main water source, has a small watershed and is currently nine feet below capacity.

Fayetteville has not made any decisions regarding its restrictions.

Forty-six community water systems in North Carolinaare still operating under mandatory restrictions. Another 43 have voluntaryrestrictions.

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

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

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