PIKEVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The statewide drought has forced state
officials to issue a water shortage warning for eastern Kentucky's
Harlan and Letcher counties and the Elkhorn Creek watershed in Pike
The region has received up to 18 inches less rain than normal,
resulting in low-flow conditions in creeks that are the source for
many local water supplies.
Drought conditions in the southeastern region of Kentucky were
deemed "exceptional" by the U.S. Drought Monitor. The National
Weather Service predicts there will be no significant improvement
in precipitation over the next three months.
A water shortage warning means the availability of water has
reached a critically low level and that a shortage of potable water
may result, according the Kentucky Division of Water.
Officials says citizens in the warning areas should reduce water
Previous water shortage warning for Warren, Simpson and Magoffin counties remain in effect.
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