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WEST PALM BEACH, FL  (WFLX)  This weekend's expected rainfall is welcome news to the people at the South Florida Water Management District, as much of the southeastern part of the state deals with dry or drought conditions.

Water levels in many canals and in Lake Okeechobee remain below average, district managers said.
 
Inside the water management district Operations Control Room, activity is picking up in advance of the weather expected Saturday and Sunday. From the single room, technicians can remotely operate pumps along about two thousand miles of canals throughout the state. Their work can directly impact about 7.5 million Floridians.
 
District managers were not anticipating widespread flooding from this weekend's rain, but they are prepared for just about any kind of weather. "Two to three inches here along the lower east coast will certainly put us in better position to get us through the remainder of the dry season," said Randy Smith, spokesperson for the South Florida Water Management District. "Generally, a storm like this, which is forecast to move, won't sit right on top of us and drench us and have the water stack up. It should move right through," said Smith.
 
Rainfall levels in Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast remain several inches below average for this time of year, Smith said. Managers at the district will remain vigilant throughout the weekend for whatever weather passes through the area.

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