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Drought easing up — but not much

The drought is easing up, downgraded to severe conditions from extreme, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor’s weekly report issued Thursday, Nov. 7.

Wet weather has brought relief to the area and rain may fall on the Hall County area Thursday. Looking ahead, however, dry and cooler conditions are in the National Weather Service’s forecast for the next several days.

Severe drought means streams are drying up, rivers are low and crops are “stressed,” the Drought Monitor states.

Extreme drought can mean rivers, livestock ponds and wells are drying up. It also triggered a response in October from the state, which required water utilities to begin a campaign to help residents better understand the conditions, their impact on water supplies and the need for water conservation.

Drier conditions also can take a toll on Lake Lanier, which was at 1,067.17 feet above sea level Thursday, which is about 4 feet below the full pool of 1,071 feet.

Jeff Gil