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FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – While the heavy rains in June were problematic for anyone hoping to do a lot of outdoor activities, it did bring much needed drought relief to Lake Okeechobee.

According to the South Florida Water Management District, Lake Okeechobee rose above 12 feet for the first time in eight months.

The lake received 7.1 inches of rain in June which was 102 percent of the historical average, or roughly 0.12 inches.

Overall, the U.S. Drought Monitor found that all of Southeast Florida is now out of drought conditions.

The lake also came out of drought stage, but that doesn’t mean it’s out of the woods yet.

The SFWMD said the lake is still 1.41 feet below average for this time of year.

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