Drought conditions worsen

Staff Reports Posted 15 July 2016 at 12:00 am
Sunset at Point Breeze

Photo courtesy of Sharon Gavenda – People are pictured at Point Breeze during sunset on Thursday.

The severity of the drought conditions in Orleans County and Western New York has intensified, according to a weekly update released Thursday by the United States Drought Monitor.

Last week Orleans County was considered to be in “moderate drought.” Now, much of the county is in “severe drought,” according to the Drought Monitor.

State-wide, 11.39 percent of the land mass is considered in severe drought, while 44.39 percent is in moderate drought and 89.57 percent is considered at least abnormally dry, which is an improvement from a week earlier when 93.67 was considered at least abnormally dry.

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