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The Tunica Times • P.O. Box 308/986 Magnolia Street, Tunica, MS 38676

South’s drought kills crops, dries lakes

ATLANTA (AP) – Six months into a deepening drought, the weather is killing crops, threatening cattle and sinking lakes to their lowest levels in years across much of the South.

The very worst conditions – what forecasters call “exceptional drought” –  are in the mountains of northeast Alabama and northwest Georgia, a region known for its thick green forests, waterfalls and red clay soil.

“Here at my farm, April 15 was when the rain cut off,” said David Bailey, who had to sell half his cattle, more than 100 animals, for lack of hay in Alabama’s scorched northeast corner.

“We’ve come through some dry years in the ‘80s, but I never seen it this dry, this long,” Bailey added. “There’s a bunch of people in a lot of bad shape here.”

The drought has spread from these mountains across 13 southern states, from Oklahoma and Texas to Florida and Virginia, putting about 33 million people in drought conditions, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.

In Mississippi, a man died when his farm field burned out of control, authorities said. In Alabama, blazes have charred more than 12,000 acres in the past 30 days.


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