Recent rains appear to be helping a little to ease drought conditions in northeast Georgia.
The latest report from the U.S. Drought Monitor shows that severe drought conditions have retreated slightly from last week.
Areas of Habersham County and far northern Stephens County that were in severe drought last week are now considered to be in moderate drought.
Stephens and Franklin counties, along with eastern and southern Habersham County are currently in moderate drought.
Areas of western Habersham County do remain in severe drought.
Within the last week, downtown Toccoa has received just under five inches of rain.
Downtown Toccoa received 2.32 inches of rain Tuesday night into Wednesday. That came after an inch of rain fell in downtown Toccoa the two days prior and just over 1.5 inches of rain fell in downtown last Friday.