Rains Last Week Help Drought Situation

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Recent rains have pushed the most severe drought conditions out of Eastern Carolina--but the governor still urges conservation.

The latest federal drought map shows 67 counties continue to be listed in exceptional drought, which is the worst level; 20 in extreme drought and 13 in severe drought. Eleven counties, Bladen, Graham, Jones, Lenoir, Onslow, Pender, Pitt, Robeson, Stokes Surry and Yadkin moved from exceptional to extreme due to the recent rainfall.

Governor Mike Easley says North Carolinians must continue to save water because those rains had little impact in central and western counties that remain under the exceptional drought.

As of today, nearly 5.5 million people in the state are under water use restrictions.