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#06-164 June 26, 2006

Drought Response Committee cancels June 27 Columbia meeting

The state Drought Response Committee has cancelled a scheduled meeting in Columbia on June 27 due to the heavy weekend rains and the forecast for more heavy rains Monday night and Tuesday.

Most locations in the Upstate have received at least 1.50 inches since Saturday and 1.00 to 2.00Precipitation map inches are expected Tuesday.  Caesars Head reported 6.12 inches in 24 hours and there is a report of 13.41 inches since midnight at the USGS gage at Twelve Mile Creek near Liberty.  Widespread flooding is reported in Pickens County. The 8 to 14 day outlook calls for above normal precipitation.

Find out more about the State Climatology Office at http://www.dnr.sc.gov/climate/sco/ or by calling (803) 734-9100. Contact Severe Weather Liaison Mark Malsick at the State Climate Office at (803) 734-0039.

State agency representatives on the State Drought Response Committee last met April 27 and decided to delay making any drought declaration, but to increase the monitoring of drought indices and to reconsider the possibility of drought declaration in several weeks if no significant rains had begun.

Should a drought declaration need to be made, an incipient drought declaration is the first level of drought followed by moderate, severe, and extreme. During incipient drought, the DNR activates the Drought Information Center, increases monitoring and notification of the drought status.
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