Water Shortages Could Be Linked To Moderate Drought

By: Heather Haley Email
By: Heather Haley Email

WYMT has been telling you about water shortages recently and some say it's due to a regional drought.

National Weather Service Officials say we have been in a rainfall deficit for nearly four months, which could lead to a tough spring for many.

“Less water running from the rivers into the ground water will cause your wells to get lower and lower and lower,” Tony Edwards said.

Tony Edwards with the National Weather Service says eastern Kentucky is in a moderate drought and he says the long-term forecasts doesn't show much hope for any major rain falls.

“So until this pattern changes that we are in and we do get above normal precipitation to decrease those deficits then we'll continue to have water problems across the area,” Edwards said.

Some in eastern Kentucky that may suffer are the region's farmers.

“This time of year farmers are renovating pastures, seeding hay fields and doing a lot of fertilizing,” Lowell Hamilton said.

“You get a lot of money tied up in that and if you don't get a good crop and produce out of it you can loose heavily,” Jake Smith said.

Forrest Bryant raises horses and cattle and says the creek on his property is lower because of the drought and worries about the seed he just planted for hay, “If we get an extended drought is a problem,” Smith said.

Department of Forestry officials say the extended drought also brings the potential for a more dangerous forest fire season.

“Basically, between 2 to 3 dry days we could see an increase in fire activity,” Ranger Shelby Conway said.

National Weather Service officials say people should try and conserve water as much as possible to help keep the drought from getting worse.

Forestry officials say to be extra careful this spring when burning anything outside.

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