2011-09-08 / Local & State

In Case You Didn’t Guess: Drought Is Over

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Just in case Hurricane Irene didn’t tip you off, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection wants you to know: The state’s drought is over.

The department on Friday said it has lifted drought watch declarations for 40 counties.

Drought watches and warnings were issued Aug. 5 because of below-normal rainfall that caused low streams and decreased groundwater levels.

DEP Secretary Mike Krancer said rainfall deficits still exist in northwest and north- central Pennsylvania. For now, drought watch declarations will remain in those places.

Irene dumped as much as 7 inches of rain and caused widespread flooding in parts of eastern Pennsylvania last weekend.

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