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Area gets much needed rain

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WILMINGTON -- Gray skies mean much needed rain. Experts say it was just the kind of rain we need to help us begin to recover from the drought. We've had so little rain lately that you'd think we'd need to a tropical storm to catch up. Experts say what we really need is exactly what came down Thursday. Experts say if we got too much rain at once, it wouldn't do any good. The soil has gotten so hard, that it wouldn't be able to absorb most of the water. Instead it would pool up and run off into the nearest body of water -- putting us at risk of flooding. The good news is Thursday's slow and steady showers helped soften the soil and began to replenish our water supply. Audubon North Carolina representative Andy Wood said, "We desperately need this bit of rain. Is it going to break the drought? No. The drought is with us for quite a long time. As we continue to pump water out of our ground water source, it's rains like this that help replace that lost water." Wood says in order to catch up to this year's drought we need about 30 or 40 inches of rain in the next few weeks, which is probably not going to happen.

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