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MARYVILLE, Tenn (WVLT) -- There is a bit of good news for residents in Blount County.
The rains have helped raise the water level of the Little River a bit.
Right now the river is flowing at 43 cubic feet per second.
At Noon, it was flowing at 39 cfs, and yesterday it was at 35 cfs.
The new rate of 43 cubic feet per second is beyond the benchmark for water restrictions, but Maryville and Alcoa will keep the water restrictions because the water table remains low in Blount County.
Despite the rainfall this week, construction will continue today on a new water pipe project in Blount County.
The pipe will supplement the two towns who are pumping from the little river near or below their permit from the state.
Alcoa City Manager Mark Johnson says the city's pipeline should be complete by the weekend with water pumping on monday.
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