A recent report by the U.S. Drought Monitor says Hall County in north Georgia is no longer in a drought. The drought review issued Thursday morning shows Hall County's water conditions have been upgraded from abnormally dry to normal. It’s one of about two dozen counties with normal conditions in north Georgia.
Despite recent rainstorms, drought continues to grip Georgia, and water levels are dropping in the state’s large, federally run reservoirs. And the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers expects they will keep dropping unless more sustained rains fall.
Drought and record commodity prices are straining water resources. State officials say no new permits will be issued in 24 southwest Georgia counties. EPD expects legislature to take up drought protection when they convene in January.
Federal agriculture officials visited Georgia farmers. They say the state has the highest percentage of acreage in exceptional drought. In all 29 states have been named disaster areas because of the U. S. drought.