Wednesday's rain has Lake Chesdin on track to return to normal for the first time in more than a year.
As of Thursday morning, the lake was still 4.5" below the spillway, but the large amount of rain in a short period of time was exactly what the lake needed.
"You want so much rain that it overwhelms its ability to soak into the soil locally," said NBC12 First Warning Weather meteorologist Andrew Freiden. "You want it to run into creeks and streams to get into the river. I think we'll see that happening in a big way."
The Appomattox River feeds into Lake Chesdin. Freiden says the rain in Chesterfield matters just as much as the surrounding counties. But a full pool now doesn't mean Lake Chesdin will be in the clear come summer. In March 2011, the lake was full, but just a few months later water restrictions were in place.
To avoid that this year, Freiden says, the lake must retain a normal level throughout the winter.
For Lake Chesdin resident C.W. Ramey, he has seen the lake fluctuate for years. He hopes this year he can finally put his boat back in the water.
"So it doesn't just sit in my yard," said Ramey, laughing.
Freiden says all is on track for that to happen.
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