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Deluge washes away drought in eastern N.C.

Posted October 7, 2010 2:17 p.m. EDT
Updated October 7, 2010 6:16 p.m. EDT

— Drought conditions in North Carolina have retreated from the eastern half of the state, following heavy rains last week that caused flooding in several counties.

The weekly drought monitor, which was issued Thursday by the state Drought Management Advisory Council, shows 12 counties, primarily northwest of Charlotte, to be experiencing moderate drought conditions. Another 30 counties, stretching from the western mountains to Orange and Chatham counties, are listed as being abnormally dry.

Last week, 34 counties in the central part of the state were in moderate drought, and 61 counties, including almost all of eastern North Carolina, were abnormally dry.

Record rainfall in many areas last week left locations from New Hanover County to Bertie County under water. State and federal officials have been assessing damage in 19 counties in recent days.