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Canals desperate for rainfall in Cape Coral

Posted at 7:19 PM, Apr 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-16 22:29:37-04

CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Southwest Florida's tenth largest city is in the midst of a drought. People who live along Nicholas Parkway noticed the canals behind their homes are low.

"You can see the bottom of the canal right from my house," Bruce Hill said.

The City of Cape Coral expects about two inches of rain per month during the dry season. However, this year, the Cape has seen about half of the expected values.

"It has been a little bit drier than a normal dry season," said Jeff Pearson, who serves as the city's utilities director.

The City of Cape Coral sends out about 300 written citations to people who fail to comply with the city's water restrictions.

"We want them to follow our two day a week, four hour each day water restrictions," Pearson said. "We want them to follow it so we don't have to move to more stringent one day water restrictions," he added.

Hill has seen less people out on the water because of how low the water is in the canal.

"When the water is down like this, it really puts a damper on things," Hill said. "The traffic that goes by here is a lot less," he added.

Sunday night's rainfall did make a difference.

"That little part will add up. It will help us make it to the rainy season," Pearson said.

Click here for Cape Coral's watering schedule.