Lake levels increase after Tropical Storm Beryl

Receding lakes doing better after storm

Published On: May 30 2012 10:33:49 PM EDT   Updated On: May 31 2012 06:28:26 AM EDT
PUTNAM COUNTY, Fla. -

Concerns over receding lakes in Putnam County are eased after Tropical Storm Beryl dropped several inches of rain across northeast Florida.

Lake Garndin had been receding since the 2004 hurricane season.  The lake was so low, locals who lived there were getting worried that the lake was drying up.

When Tropical Storm Beryl came ashore over the Memorial Day weekend and dropped large amounts of rain, the lake started filling back up.

"It's helped quite a bit. The more we get, if we can make Mother Nature give us some more, we'd take it," said John Bragg, who lives near the lake.

Ken Matthews, who also lives near the lake, said despite a lot of speculation, the real reason why these lakes are so dry is the lack of rain.

"Years ago, we thought there was a problem, years ago we thought it was a lake in Gainesville where they were damming it. But it's all been rain," said Matthews.

Channel 4's John Gaughan said Putnam County received between 3 to 6 inches from Tropical Storm Beryl.