Drought worsens along coast

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Georgia's drought is worsening, particularly in coastal counties south of Augusta, according to a new report issued Wednesday.

"Since the end of May, conditions in the southern two-thirds of (the) state have deteriorated from extreme to exceptional drought, the highest drought category," state climatologist David Stooksbury wrote in his monthly update.

Richmond and Columbia counties remain in extreme drought, the second-worst category, and the line of counties reclassified as exceptional is creeping closer.

"All counties in Georgia south of Harris, Talbot, Upson, Pike, Lamar, Monroe, Jasper, Putnam, Hancock, Warren, McDuffie and Lincoln counties, inclusive, are either in extreme or exceptional drought," Stooksbury wrote.

Groundwater levels in the coastal plain are at or near record low levels for all long-term monitoring wells, the report said. Some communities are drilling deeper wells to maintain water supplies.

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Chillen 06/22/11 - 04:13 pm
Can't be good for the crops.

Can't be good for the crops. Add this plus the flooding, we could be looking at very expensive food by the end of summer (more than it already is!).

Sweet son
Sweet son 06/22/11 - 05:42 pm
Those communities having to

Those communities having to dig deeper for water should ask the farmers in the area for assistance. LOL Humans should be #1 for water. Crop insurance, subsidies and disaster payments will help farmers through these situations. Municipalities and private citizens should not have to pay for farmers pumping extreme amounts of water out of the aquifers!

Richmnd Cty Votr
Richmnd Cty Votr 06/22/11 - 06:28 pm
Seeding Clouds is nothing

Seeding Clouds is nothing new. Why hasn't the gov't or farmers for that matter SEEDED them? We seen how they seeded the clouds for "OPERATION POPEYE" in the Vietnam WAR. Oh yes the gov't can take away the rain, too. Just look at the China Olympics opening day, how they kept it from raining. Could this be the reason our food is sooo high? Government taking away our rain/clouds? with those Cloud Busters?

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