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Level I Drought Declaration Issued for Most of State

Level I Drought Declaration Issued for Most of State

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 10, 2016) – The Office of the State Climatologist and the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, in coordination with the Kentucky Drought Mitigation Team, are issuing a Level I drought declaration for 117 counties in Kentucky.

A Level I drought indicates moderate to severe drought conditions have developed, primarily affecting soil moisture and vegetative health.  Increasing incidents of wildfires and adverse impacts to agricultural water needs and public water supplies are likely if drought conditions persist.

The public should be aware that drought conditions do exist and if conditions continue they may be asked by their water system to conserve water.  Local community water systems, especially those with drought vulnerable sources, should re-familiarize themselves with their water shortage response plans and local officials should meet to discuss how they will proceed if they do need to ask citizens to conserve water.  Also, water systems should contact the Division of Water immediately if at any time they feel their water supply is getting low.  CONTINUE READING