BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — The newest drought monitor was released on Thursday (12/1) and it still paints a pretty grim picture for Alabama’s drought. Almost the entire state remains in extreme to exceptional drought, even with recent rains. It takes a while for water levels to return to where they should be, and we are still way short on rainfall for the year.
By order of Gov. Bentley, there is still a state-wide burn ban in effect. Even though we got rain, outdoor burning is still not advised.
Lake Purdy, the primary water source for Birmingham is now a little more than 29% full. This is a vast improvement from just a few days ago, and is now above the safe yield level for this time of year.
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