HOOD COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) – Heaven sent — that’s how business owners near Lake Granbury describe the downpours North Texas saw this week. Without the rain July 4th would have been a bust, but now they’re expecting fireworks.

In Granbury, splish-splashing sounds haven’t been heard for months. Those are the sounds that lure locals and visitors alike to the beach.

“We’ve been kind of discouraged that the water has been down for so long,” said Granbury resident Doug Witter. “We moved to Granbury not too long ago and that’s why everyone comes here — for the lake.”

The feeling of jubilation was palpable, because last month the boat ramp at the lake was barren – no water, no vegetation, just yards and yards of dry, cracked land.

Boat docks that were once high and dry are now near the water again.

Granbury received nearly five inches of rain. The areas that feed the lake got even more. That pushed Lake Granbury water levels up around 6’5”.

Granbury marketing director Steve Dieterichs told CBS 11 News, “The last time you were here I think one of the residents said, ‘we need a miracle for this beautiful lake.’ Well there’s a reason people are walking around town saying, ‘thank God for the rain!’ I mean just, look at it!”

The timing couldn’t have been better. The Fourth of July celebration is one of the biggest tourist draws on the lake. Just a few days ago there was nothing but dry lakebed greeting visitors, and worries that tourist money would continue to dry up too.

“Just a week ago we were planning on people sitting out in sand bars, in the middle of our lake, to watch the fireworks,” Dieterichs said. “And now, a week from today, we’ll have all kinds of boats just a few hundred yards from here.”

Now the beach has reopened and the boat ramp too, and everyone in Granbury is hoping for a very happy Fourth of July!

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