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November 30, 2012

SC Drought Response Committee conference call on Dec. 11

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources will conduct a South Carolina Drought Response Committee conference call on Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 10 a.m. The purpose of the drought conference call is to evaluate the drought status statewide. The committee will review climatic data, streamflow and lake level data, and drought impacts.

For the first time since Feb. 2011, portions of South Carolina are drought free based on the SC Drought Response Committee’s official declaration issued Sept. 27, 2012. The committee met via conference call and downgraded 14 counties to no drought. Elsewhere in the state the committee downgraded Greenville and Laurens to incipient and Abbeville, McCormick, Edgefield, Aiken and Barnwell to moderate. Oconee, Pickens, Anderson, Greenwood, Lexington, Newberry, Saluda were maintained at moderate. Spartanburg, Cherokee, Union, York, Chester, Fairfield, Richland, Sumter, Calhoun, Clarendon, Orangeburg, Berkeley, Orangeburg, Dorchester, Bamberg, Colleton, Allendale, Hampton, and Jasper were maintained at incipient.

Instructions for participating in the call are as follows:

Dial-in Number: 1-626-677-3000

Participant Access Code: 2697018

Contact South Carolina State Climatologist Hope Mizzell in Columbia at (803) 734-9568 or e-mail at mizzellh@dnr.sc.gov for more information.

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