After months without any significant rainfall in the area, two storm systems blew through Western North Carolina, giving the drought stricken region much needed rain. It has been an historically dry late summer and fall in the Franklin area. Much of the mountains were in the grips of one of the worst droughts in recent history. The Cullasaja and Little Tennessee Rivers were at drastically low levels, and to make matters even more desperate, wildfires had been burning in the region for over a month.

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Dry Falls on Thursday after two storms brought much needed rainfall to the area

Then, it happened. Finally. Two good rainfalls within 48 hours this week. We haven’t been so happy to see rain in a very long time. The rivers perked up, the waterfalls roared. A trip up US 64 East out of Franklin into the Cullasaja River Gorge to Dry Falls and Bust Your Butt Falls, provided a welcome sight. People were out enjoying the fruits of the rainfall and taking in a little bit of that good old fashioned “rock music” that was blasting a bit louder. The kind of music that you don’t ever want to turn down…

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The Cullasaja River flowing a little higher at Bust Your Butt Falls