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Rocky Mount Official: 'Pray for Rain'

Posted August 3, 2007

— While much of the state is in a moderate drought, leaders in Nash County said their situation is much worse.

“If it doesn't rain pretty soon, I fully expect the (city) manager to declare a water emergency,” said Paul Blount, Rocky Mount’s water resource manager.

Rocky Mount water officials say the Tar River Reservoir, which feeds the city's water supply, has dropped to nearly half of what it should be. The level dropped about 3.5 feet in just the last month, leaving many boats high and dry.

The city closed some boat ramps as a safety precaution.

“The people who just come out here, that live close by, that don't have beach homes, don't have lake homes – it's really devastating for them, because there is really nowhere else they can go,” said Rocky Mount resident John Bryant Jr.

Bryant brings his dog to the reservoir nearly every day. In some parts, he said, the water is 8 feet below normal.

“I’ve seen it drier, but the way the weather is going to be in the next week, it’s probably going to drop another 4 feet,” he said.

The dam at the reservoir, usually covered with a wall of water, is bone dry. Last month, the city asked people to conserve, voluntarily. Blount said he doesn't think a lack of conservation is the biggest problem.

“Pray for rain,” he said. “That’s what we need.”


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  • the river rat Aug 5, 2007

    LOL I had forgotten about the Pastafarian faith. I espescially like their interpretation on heaven.

  • pomodoroz Aug 5, 2007

    Pray for brains - in RM and the WRAL coments. They are sorely lacking in both locations.

  • Hip-Shot Aug 5, 2007

    "Rocky Mount is a dying city anyway"

    I'm not sure you would say it is dying, but it is not growing as many areas of the state are. Its a relatively dirty city stuck in the mud as far as attracting new industry is concerned. The city appears to be desperate for money such that they are annexing in areas that are fighting tooth-and-nail to avoid it. They also have a history of racial issues.

  • .Milky Aug 4, 2007

    I want to do something to help the rain come down in Rocky Mount, but I don't want to give up any of my Constitional rights. So, I'm going to begin shooting at the sky over Rocky Mount to try to produce rain. I think THAT is within my rights. What are the proper loads for rain?

  • BLOCKHEAD Aug 4, 2007

    Alright Harvey

    RE:If you don't pray enough, you'll go to the bad place when you die.

    Heck is where all the people go who don't believe in Gosh !

  • aquamama Aug 4, 2007

    Great! I'll pray to the Flying Spaghetti Monster. His noodly goodness will bestow upon us grated parmesan. Think that will help?

  • gopanthers Aug 4, 2007

    come on people play nice. This is a story where its not worth getting your ?????? in a wad. And its Saturday.

  • elcid89 Aug 4, 2007

    "And elcid, get a dictionary. It`s a chore reading your posts."

    If you are having trouble comprehending them, wouldn't you be the one more in need of a dictionary?

  • Harvey Aug 4, 2007

    If you don't pray enough, you'll go to the bad place when you die.

    You people pray all you want and let us thinkers know what happens. I'll bet exactly the same thing as if you didn't, but until then, maybe save some water... just in case.

  • the river rat Aug 4, 2007

    "Rocky Mount is a dying city anyway"

    Some of us hope not, and it's not too late to change directions. Roanoke Rapids did it. Even Wilson, which many wrote off as a wasteland years ago is prospering nicely these days. Rocky Mount seems to have been set on self destruct these last few years and is it's own worst enemy.