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Dry Conditions Could Pose A Problem


While the beautiful weather we've had lately has been nice, it could turn into a problem in a few months if we don't start to receive some more rain.

For the month of May we are nearly 2 inches below the average and for the year we are 4.32 inches below normal.

Director of Fayette County's Division of Environmental and Emergency Management, Pat Dugger, says if this dry pattern continues then something may have to be done.

"If this were to continue through the summer, then come September we could be looking at some sort of drought state that we would have to start doing some active things with," she said.

According to the U.S. Drought Index from NOAA, most of Central & Eastern Kentucky is considered to be in the abnormally dry category right now, while more severe drought conditions are found in the southeastern U.S.

The month of May typically is one of the wetter months of the year, and that helps in building up a good reservoir in the ground for some of the summer months which don't see as much rain.

"This is the time that we as emergency planners start to monitor the situation, looking at water usage and taking a look at what the next step is if we end up in a mild or a moderate drought," Dugger says.

In years past, drought conditions have forced residents to participate in water rationing, and other conservation techniques. It's too early to tell if this will happen this year.


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