City utilities superintendent Jack Cosner says the lake has risen more than 10 inches in the last month.
“It looks like the tiles are running and it looks like it's still down 12 or 13 inches," says Cosner. "It is filling up. Hopefully, when we do get these rains the ground will be thawed out like it has been and we'll continue to keep the tiles running."
During the height of the drought, the lake was about 32 inches below full pool. Mayor Andy Ezard instituted water restrictions because the city receives its water from the Naples aquifers, Lake Mauvaiseterre and Lake Jacksonville. Cosner says those restrictions will stay in place at the beginning of the summer unless Lake Jacksonville gets to full pool.
“I’m hoping that it will start flowing over the spillway and whenever it does that we'll be considered back to normal," says Cosner. "Of course, we don't know what's going to happen this summer, but at least we'd be ahead of the game this year rather than what we were last year."
Jacksonville has received nearly 5 inches of precipitation since January 1st. That’s more than two inches above normal and about three inches more than this time last year.