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Drought Lowers Lake Levels; Threatens Drinking Water Supply

Alabama, USA
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May 21, 2007
It's being called the worst drought in Alabama in nearly fifty years. The lack of rain taking its toll on everything from drinking water in some towns to electricity production.
The dry conditions are perhaps most obvious on the state's lakes and rivers. A close look at the shore line and bridges at Lake Martin reveals a 4-foot drop in the water level over recent weeks.
"All of our lakes and reservoirs are significantly down this spring," said Alabama Power Spokeswoman Jan Ellis.
The power company's Tallapoosa River Manager, David Waites, added, "this is the lowest the reservoir has been since 1960."
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