Severe drought spreads in SC

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COLUMBIA -- More counties in South Carolina are expected to fall into the “severe” drought category when state water experts convene by conference call next week.

“Drought status, that’s certainly been on everybody’s mind with the dry period we’ve been having,” said Ken Rentiers, deputy director of the Land, Water and Conservation division of the S.C. Department of Natural Resources, during his Tuesday briefing of the DNR board.

He said a rain event predicted in two weeks will help conditions, but the state drought response committee will convene nonetheless on April 25 to address the outlook.

“I think there’s probably a pretty good chance that some of the counties will need to be updated to severe (drought status),” said Rentiers.

Six Upstate counties in South Carolina are suffering severe drought, while the rest of the state is in moderate drought. The “severe” counties include: Oconee, Pickens, Anderson, Abbeville, McCormick and Edgefield.


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