Updated 06/10/2012 05:04 PM
Drought is over, concern for another lingers
To view our videos, you need to
install Adobe Flash 9 or above. Install now.
Then come back here and refresh the page.
RALEIGH--Good news for North Carolina - the drought is over. Heavy rains from tropical storm Beryl helped pull the state out of the drought, leaving those who love the outdoors very happy.
"I think it's awesome, I know the last couple summers we've had a really dry summer. It's affected water conservation and things you can do outside, washing your car, watering your plants," runner Felicia Hoover said.
"I think it's great. I think the lake levels look more normal. We've had a lot of rain in May and April, to me it was a little more rain than normal," bicyclist Dan Hover said.
Even though the drought is over for now, the worry for another is not.
"About 30 percent of the state are still in the abnormally dry conditions, generally from the triangle down and back to Charlotte," Meteorologist Michael Moneypenny said.
36 counties are still experiencing abnormally dry conditions. Web sites like Save Water NC say that the easiest ways to save water are to turn the water off while brushing your teeth, take shorter showers, and always run the dishwasher and washing machine full. Hogan says he has plenty experience with saving water.
"I live on a well, so I am a little more conscious of water use. I yell at my son when he takes a long shower. Get out of there you only need 5-6 minutes," Hogan said.
Even though the lakes are full and the grass is green, Moneypenny says it's still very important to keep conserving water.
"We do have that deeper water deficit and we need to recharge that. So if we were to get into an extended period with no rainfall we could slide back into those moderate drought conditions," Moneypenny said.
"We've all seen the pictures of the low lake levels from Jordan lake and Falls lake and we don't wanna see that again so it is important that we continue to conserve water," Hogan said.