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Cape Coral's water woes: From famine to flooding in only four months

It's already been a pretty remarkable year for Cape Coral when it comes to water — too little and now, too much.

Only four short months ago, Cape Coral residents and businesses were dealing with a strict watering schedule as a result of some of the severest drought conditions to hit Southwest Florida in recent years.

Lawns were brown and water levels in canals were at historic lows.

At a Cape Coral council meeting in April there was a discussion about building a pipeline to send treated wastewater from Fort Myers to Cape Coral to help feed millions more gallons of water into its canals and the irrigation water system that uses those hundreds of miles of canals.

Fast forward to the last three days and it has been a far different story for Cape Coral and all of Southwest Florida as a tropical disturbance has dumped as much as 10 inches of water in some locations.

Saturday streets throughout the Cape were looking more like the canals that were reaching historic high water levels. Some residents were kayaking and swimming in their front yards. The lawns that so many homeowners were concerned about back in April were submerged in several inches of water.