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Latest Rainfall Won't Erase Raleigh Drought

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Steady recent rainfall will not be enough to erase the drought that has prompted water use restrictions in the Raleigh-Durham area, but the situation won't be as severe, a state official said Tuesday.

"It looks like things are still in a holding pattern," Woody Yonts of the state Division of Water Resources said. "We've got some major reservoirs that have some added water but they're still very low."

City officials said Wednesday that the city has about a 42-day supply of water, but Raleigh's Falls Lake is still nearly 8 feet below normal. As of Wednesday afternoon, the lake level was about 243.8 feet; normal for this time of year is about 251.5 feet.

Yonts said unless there is significant rainfall in December, the new year will arrive with the possibility of more restrictions for water users in Wake and Durham counties and neighboring areas because the reservoirs are well below normal.

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