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Last updated 8:39AM ET
March 1, 2021
Rain Brings Some Drought Relief
(APR - Alabama Public Radio ) - Recent rains have improved conditions in some state lakes where the yearlong drought gripping Alabama had threatened drinking water supplies.

Alabama Power Co. spokesman Michael Sznajderman (SNY-der-man) said recent rains have particularly helped lakes along the Coosa River, such as Weiss Lake and Lake Logan Martin.

But Sznajderman said other lakes continue to show signs of the severe drought. He said water levels at Lake Harris and Lake Martin on the Tallapoosa River remain well below the normal winter level and have shown only slight improvement recently.

The National Weather Service's U.S. Drought Monitor showed this week that 38.9 percent of Alabama continues to be in an exceptional drought, the worst level of drought listed. That was an improvement over last week, when 49.2 percent of the state was in an exceptional drought.

The U.S. Drought Monitor showed that all but 9.5 percent of the state, a section largely in southwest Alabama, is experiencing some level of drought.

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