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.