Rain from Beryl - Is it Enough?
The rain from beryl has been bearing down on North Central Florida, but is it enough to replrenish local rivers?
Residents from High Springs had the same question today as they came to see if the rain had made any difference to the Santa Fe River.
A river whose water levels are the lowest they have ever been in recorded history.
Chris Bird, the director of Alachua County Environmental Protection says the rain from Beryl has only made the river rise a few inches in the last 36 hours because the ground is so dry .
"If we had been having normal rain and the aquifer hadn't been pumped down so low like it has been because of the drought, the rain that we had in the last 36 hours would have caused more flooding."
Bird says to get the river levels to where they should be, it would take six or seven times the amount of rain we have gotten to saturate the ground.
He is hoping the rain will also clear away the algea blooms that have developed that haven't yet washed away despite the rainfall.
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