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Parts of Kentucky In Moderate Drought

By: Jeff Allen Email
By: Jeff Allen Email

The sunny skies and warm temperatures are filling parks with children, but the dry weather is causing problems for others.

Just by taking a look at grass in Middlesboro you can see just how dry things have gotten.

WYMT’s Jeff Allen talked with a farmer that says it's hurting them and just about anyone with a backyard garden is having to work hard to keep things growing.

“Three times a day is a necessity, if you didn't do this, I would lose the plants,” Pat Biggerstaff said.

It's a ritual Middlesboro gardener Pat Biggerstaff finds herself beginning early in the morning.

The drought is being felt on the Pursifull Farm near Pineville.

“The drought has hurt everybody, a lot of farmers and our grass is dying,” Jodi Pursifull said.

Jodi Pursifull says after this current crop of hay, she doesn't know if there will be any more left to bail this summer, “Our hay is a lot less! Our pumpkins will suffer if it doesn't rain,” Pursifull said.

Even if we get some rain this week, WYMT’s Chief Weathercaster Jim Caldwell says it won't be enough to end the drought.

He says it will take several soaking rains to make up for weeks without rain.

Some people in Pulaski County are being asked to voluntarily cut back on their water use.

The Western Pulaski Water District is having trouble keeping up with high demand.

Officials say that's partly due to dry weather and partly because of tourists use of water last weekend.

People who live in that area say they're worried about their gardens and farms.

Pulaski's source of water is Lake Cumberland which is already lower because of the leak at Wolf Creek Dam.

U.S. Army Corps officials say the drought has not lowered the lake further.


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