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BEACON PHOTO/AL EVERSON
HAZARDOUS WHEN WET — Already saturated by a wet summer and Hurricane Ian, the West Volusia area cannot hold more water without the prospect of flooding. Shown here is a lake that appears to have reached its capacity, along East Minnesota Avenue in Orange City.

B.J. Thomas’ old “Raindrops keep falling’ on my head” may be Volusia County’s anthem, as we have already exceeded the normal annual rainfall average, and more is on the way.

For 2022, between Jan. 1 and Oct. 31, the western half of Volusia County received 62.58 inches of rain, said county Groundwater Program Manager Tom Carey.

“That includes the 17.91 inches we received in September with Hurricane Ian,” Carey told The Beacon.

The DeLand area’s typical average annual rainfall is 55 inches, he noted.

That means we are already over and above our yearly average, and the year is not over yet.

As voters trek to the polls to fill a host of federal, state and local offices, clouds are low and heavy, and weather conditions appear to be deteriorating in advance of Subtropical Storm Nicole. Nicole may be destined to be a Category 1 hurricane before she makes landfall on Florida’s east coast, perhaps Thursday morning. The late-season Nicole may bring another 7 inches of rain to our area, according to weather.com, making the ground even more saturated and heightening the risk of flooding.

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