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South Carolina Drought News Release

South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
Land, Water and Conservation Division
South Carolina Drought Response Program
Department of Natural Resources News (803) 734-4133

SPECIAL NEWS RELEASE June 28, 2004

DROUGHT DOWNGRADED FOR MANY SC COUNTIES

Recent rains have relieved the incipient drought conditions for many South Carolina counties. According to Hope Mizzell, SC State Climatologist, some locations have received over 10 inches this month while others are reporting less than one inch (see map below). Overall, the situation has improved since the incipient drought declaration was issued June 8th. The SC Department of Natural Resources will leave the incipient drought declaration in place for counties reporting below normal June rainfall. These counties are Berkeley, Calhoun, Charleston, Chesterfield, Clarendon, Darlington, Dillon, Dorchester, Florence, Georgetown, Horry, Kershaw, Lee, Marion, Marlboro, Orangeburg, Sumter, and Williamsburg. Localized heavy rainfall is expected across the State during the upcoming week that may alleviate drought conditions in some areas currently under the incipient drought. The SC Department of Natural Resources will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as needed.

Find out more about the State Climatology Office at http://www.dnr.sc.gov/climate/sco/ or by calling (803) 734-9100.

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