Heavy rainfall during the summer and fall has finally ended the drought across eastern North Carolina. It has taken almost three years to get every county of of drought or abnormally dry conditions. It was had to believe in the late 1990s that we would ever have a drought again. We had just gone through several hurricanes that brought considerable rainfall. Floyd and Dennis brought the worst flooding ever remembered in this area and it became a natural disaster many of us would not forget. We generally received near normal rainfall until the winter of 2006-2007. At that point dry weather took control of our area. The drought became so bad that some communities were concerned about their water supply. Other towns told folks not to wash their cars or water their lawns. Now that the drought is over there is some concern with low-lying flooding along our rivers. The WITN Weather Stations has received 55.25" of rain since the first of the year. That amount of rainfall is 7" above normal and 17" more than last year. More rain is on the way over the weekend and early next week.