Above-normal rainfall during the summer rainy season has brought significant improvement to water resources in the region not seen in more than seven years, according to the Southwest Florida Water Management District. Many of the akes, rivers and aquifers in the region have recovered after a four-year drought that started in 2005. Rainfall totals from the four-month rainy season show above normal averages, according to the district. “This summer was a drought breaker for us,” Granville Kinsman, the District’s hydrologic data manager, in the release. “Areas north of the Tampa Bay area especially saw major improvements.” Some lakes in the northern region rose more than four feet. Also, the Withlacoochee River is back in the normal range for flows, according to the district. "The rainy season was helped by a significantly above-normal June, mostly due to two tropical storms," the release states. "However, provisional rainfall data show that September was below average across the district."