Gov. Bentley tours drought stricken Lake Purdy, asks residents to recognize severity of situation

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Governor Bentley was in Birmingham Monday to tour Lake Purdy and see first hand the damage the drought is causing.

Lake Purdy is a main source of water for people in Jefferson and Shelby counties, and is now only 25 percent full.

As soon as the governor stepped out of his car, he said, “Wow, it’s pretty low.” He told us he had only seen it this low in pictures.

You can see in our exclusive aerial footage–there’s definitely more dirt than water.

Bentley said there is already a burn ban in every single Alabama county and he says he is meeting with advisors to figure out whether to declare a state of emergency. He said that could help Alabama get federal money to alleviate losses caused by the drought.

He met with a man who owns a boat rental company on the lake. The man said he has never seen the lake this low. Bentley said it’s the second lowest point for Lake Purdy in recorded history, and wants people to take water conservation measures seriously.

“They are dependent on this water, and so we need to make people aware of conservation efforts that are taking place right now, and ask people to please recognize that,” Bentley said.

Bentley also said he is going to meet with ranchers and farmers this week to figure out if there are any drought measures that could help them with their financial losses.

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