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TS Fay offset drought in South Florida

MIAMI (AP) - Officials say South Florida saw an "average" amount of rainfall in 2008, as a drought was offset by a deluge caused by Tropical Storm Fay.

South Florida Water Management District gauges recorded a mean of 53.43 inches of rain for the area.

A two-year drought and four-foot deficit in Lake Okeechobee were washed out when Fay dumped as much as 20 inches of rain in some areas during August. Lake waters are now about 14 feet above sea level, which U.S. Army Corps of Engineers considers optimal.


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