Snow adds much-needed water to lake

DECATUR -- Snow from this week's storm is starting to melt and that's a good thing for the city.

"As much of an inconvenience snow is at this depth, this is great for Decatur." said director of water management, Keith Allen.

As each foot of snow melts, water will trickle into the lake, adding 2" to the body of water. Last year, the lake saw a 35-percent decrease in precipitation.

Without enough snow, lake levels for the summer would have been worse than last year's numbers. City officials are thankful for the blizzard because snow is the best option for filling up the lake and preventing a drought.

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