Weeks of heavy rain that have drenched much of the Southeast have been a blessing at a wildlife refuge that straddles the Georgia-Florida state line. Officials at the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge say it's enjoying a swamp water level about a foot higher than average and low fire anxiety.
Authorities say recent rains have sent bacteria levels soaring in the Chattahoochee River. Sally Bethea of the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper Organization advises people not to touch the water. She said that E. coli is a major concern.
While much of north Georgia enjoys average or above average rain fall, the lower two thirds of the state remain in a drought that began last year. State Climatologist David Stooksbury says that while Atlanta had heavier than normal rains, Macon received only half of its normal precipitation in the last month.