State completely drought-free

Posted May 14, 2009
Updated May 17, 2009

— Recent rainfall in the mountains of western North Carolina pushed the last remnants of drought from the state, the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources announced Thursday.

The drought that began Feb. 13, 2007 was the worst in North Carolina since recordkeeping began.

While dry conditions held sway, many municipalities imposed limits on water use and the General Assembly passed a law requiring state and local officials make preparations to respond to future droughts.

In the data released Thursday, more than half of the counties in the state remain abnormally dry, which means adequate rainfall is required to keep the drought from returning.

"It’s safe to say we’re cautiously optimistic about what this means for the weeks and months ahead," said Dee Freeman, secretary of the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

"There is still the possibility that dry conditions can return, and we could have impacts from drought this summer," he warned.


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  • FoxtrotUniformCharlieKiloakaCALM May 18, 2009

    I learned to ignore water restrictions, I fully support my local utility company, remember, they were hurting so bad they had to raise rates because we conserved, so in an effort to keep costs low, I'm going to have a green lawn no matter what the weather report says. [[sarcasm]]

  • Nonewsisgoodnews May 15, 2009

    If more then half the counties in the State are still abnormally dry, why does the headline read "State completely drought-free"?

  • gahedrick May 15, 2009

    FYI, I live in the mountains and since January 07 we are currently 27" below normal in rainfall. How can this be drought free?

  • Nobody but Carolina May 15, 2009

    "Finally! The western counties were really hurting."

    No Doubt. They've been dealing with it for over three and a half years.

  • working for deadbeats May 14, 2009

    I'm going to turn the hose on and let it run.

  • rmgirl May 14, 2009

    I am so glad! Now that old man can water his garden without being belittled by a little girl and fluffy can finally get a bath.

  • coolwill May 14, 2009

    I guess Raleigh will lift their restrictions so the Meekers can have even more money with all of the increases. It takes thieves to use the tactics that the drought would remain for ever and charge all of us more and give the city manager a 5% raise. By a raise of hands when was the last time you had a 5% increase? Theses so call leaders are crooks.

  • Just the facts mam May 14, 2009

    Al Gore is right - global warming is causing this.

  • drsickles May 14, 2009


  • oldrebel May 14, 2009

    Thankyou, Thankyou, Thankyou...I am norally modest but for this I take partial credit due to the extensive dances I performed while riding 'blue mortorcycles' and if ever this kind dry spell again threatens our state...I will not hesitiate to do my part to bringing on the rain again.