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Jefferson Co. officials worry about dry conditions

March 24, 2006|by DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Jefferson County has been described by the United States Department of Agriculture as being in an "abnormally dry" state and Jefferson County Commission members said Thursday they are worried about dry conditions this summer if precipitation trends do not reverse.

The water level in a monitoring well in Leetown, W.Va., has dropped about 10 feet, said Commission President Greg Corliss.

Drought conditions have stricken the area in the recent past, forcing federal officials to seek drought relief for farmers.

While the USDA has described Jefferson County as abnormally dry, regions to the south have been categorized as having moderate drought conditions, Corliss said.

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