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Thursday, July 19, 2007

Rain deficit is rapidly drying up wells

More than 50 wells have dried up in the Suwannee water district since April.
Published Jul. 14, 2007

Rainfall in the district is down 17 inches from average over the past 12 months, the eighth-driest period since 1932, according to a report released last week. The district includes parts of 15 North Florida counties, including a section of Alachua County.

Parts of the Suwannee and Santa Fe rivers set June records and are nearing historically low levels. The Suwannee's Big Shoals near White Springs is the state's only Class III whitewater rapids in normal conditions. Today there isn't enough water for a kayak to pass over exposed rocks.
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