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Radium Springs is dry no more

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The Springs basin was covered in grass in this 2009 picture The Springs basin was covered in grass in this 2009 picture
The flow of the Flint River at Albany today is 17,700 cubic feet per second, an enormous increase from the flow prior to the heavy rains The flow of the Flint River at Albany today is 17,700 cubic feet per second, an enormous increase from the flow prior to the heavy rains
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

It's a sure sign of drought relief , Radium Springs is full for the first time in years.

The 8 to 10 inches of rain we received in the last week made a huge difference in South Georgia creeks and rivers.

Despite all that rain there is little danger of serious problems from creek and river flooding.

Take a look at Radium Springs.  Water experts say the Flint River has backed up into the spring-fed blue hole, known as one of Georgia's natural wonders.

Last summer Radium Springs was almost completely dry.

Thursday even though it's muddy, the water is all the way to the top of the retaining walls.

The middle island is completely covered in water.

Water experts say it's proof that drought conditions are improving.

"Of course it is going into the aquifer," said Georgia Water Planning & Policy Center Executive Director Doug Wilson . "That's how recharging happens around here. That's a good thing. What we want to see is, we want to see Radium flowing back to the river, when the river retreats a little bit.'

Flows on streams throughout the area, including the Flint River and Kinchafoonee and Spring Creeks, are up dramatically after being at or near historic lows since early summer.

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