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Washington governor declares drought emergency in nearly half the state
Washington governor declares drought emergency in nearly half the state

Gov. Jay Inslee declared a drought emergency in nearly half of usually damp Washington on Friday, and officials said the entire state could be classified as drought-stricken by early May. "We've never experienced a drought like this before," said Maia Bellon, director of the state Department of Ecology. "Rainfall is at 100% of normal, but average snowpack is 24% of normal. That's a record low in many areas.... Our river flows are expected to be their lowest in 64 years." The last time a statewide drought was declared in Washington state was 2005, when circumstances were more akin to California's disastrous dry conditions--though not as severe--with both...

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