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Kentucky Experiences Driest Period In Eight Years

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - For the first time in eight years, all of
Kentucky is locked in a severe drought.

The Palmer Drought Severity Index numbers were released
yesterday at UK and they showed the state hasn't been so bone dry
since 1999.

A water shortage warning for Bowling Green and Warren County was
issued by the state Friday.

The Barren River flow is reported at its lowest level since the
Barren River Reservoir was completed in 1963. Manchester in eastern
Kentucky reports demand for water has outstripped treatment
capacity.

Bill Caldwell of the state Division of Water says a wet winter
left plenty of water deep in layers of eastern Kentucky and much of
Western Kentucky gets water from the Ohio River or from deep wells
that haven't been affected by the drought. Otherwise, even more
problems would be reported.

Tom Priddy at the UK Ag Weather Center says lack of Hay needs
this winter could become serious.


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