Governor Riley Announces Drought Warnings for 37 Alabama Counties

Happy Memorial Day…I just noticed this Press Release in my email box today. I will have a fresh forecast discussion posted shortly.

Governor Riley Announces Drought Warnings for 37 Alabama Counties

MONTGOMERY – Governor Bob Riley today announced drought warnings for 37 Alabama counties after the ADECA Office of Water Resources declared severe drought conditions for parts of the state. OWR activated the Alabama Drought Management Plan based on the current and anticipated hydrologic conditions, which show dangerously low water levels for the northern portions of the state.

The following counties are now under drought warning:

Bibb, Blount, Calhoon,
Chambers, Cherokee, Chilton, Clay, Cleburne,
Colbert, Coosa, Cullman, DeKalb, Etowah, Fayette, Franklin, Greene,
Hale, Jackson, Jefferson, Lamar, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone,
Madison, Marion, Marshall, Morgan, Perry, Pickens, Randolph, Shelby, St.
Clair, Sumter, Talladega, Tallapoosa, Tuscaloosa and Walker.

“Prolonged droughts like we are seeing now can have devastating effects on our land and water resources,” said Governor Riley. “I hope everyone in the affected areas will heed these warnings and make the appropriate preparations. We can’t control the weather, but by activating the Alabama Drought Management Plan we will offer information and resources
to help our state endure a potential disaster.”

Wes

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