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Drought warnings remain after 7th month of below-normal rain

Posted October 8

— Massachusetts remains firmly in the grip of drought conditions despite recent rains.

Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Matthew Beaton says September was the seventh straight month with below average rainfall amounts.

He says water and soil moisture levels continue to decline, causing a major impact on agriculture and wildlife habitats, and increasing the risk of fire.

State emergency management officials are renewing their plea to residents to conserve water by reducing both indoor and outdoor water usage.

The Connecticut River Valley region has been added to portions of the state under a drought warning, which also include central, northeastern and southeastern Massachusetts.

Western Massachusetts, along with Cape Cod and the Islands, are under a slightly lower drought watch designation.


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