Thursday, July 14, 2011
COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina's drought committee is meeting to decide if the drought in the state has gotten worse.
The Drought Response Committee is scheduled to hold a conference call Thursday afternoon to discuss whether to change official drought status in the state's 46 counties.
Currently, 26 counties in the southern and eastern part of the state are in a moderate drought, and the other 20 counties, mostly north and west of Columbia, are in an incipient drought, which is the first stage.
The committee will discuss stream flows and lake levels, as well as the agricultural impact of the dry weather.
Most of the state has had hotter and drier than normal conditions over the past eight weeks, and officials say lake levels and stream flows have dropped.
(Copyright 2011, The Associated Press.)