South Carolina’s Upstate is no longer in a severe drought following a wet May.
The state Drought Response Committee downgraded the statuses of every county northwest of the Midlands at its Tuesday meeting. The committee had classified all of the Upstate as either in “moderate” or “severe” drought at its last meeting in April, but said conditions had significantly improved since then. After Tuesday, no county is listed worse than “incipient” drought — the first stage below normal.
“We’ve experienced a drastic turnaround in just two months’ time,” West Region Drought Committee Member Dennis Chastain said. “Groundwater has significantly improved. Streams are flowing well. There are no water supply problems. And agriculture at all levels seems to be in great shape.” [Read more…]