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Manchin issues disaster declaration for nine counties

September 14, 2010

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Lingering dry conditions in eastern West Virginia have prompted Gov. Joe Manchin to issue a disaster declaration for nine counties.

The governor also has asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture to provide aid to farmers who lost 30 percent or more of their crops because of the drought.

The declaration covers Berkeley, Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, Jefferson, Mineral, Morgan, Pendleton and Preston counties. Earlier this month, dry conditions forced Manchin to issue an outdoor burning ban for many of the same counties.

Crops of concern include apples, peaches, corn, hay, pasture and soybeans. Farmers are also worried about watering their livestock.

Manchin took the action Friday, but his office didn't announce it until Monday.

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