Drought Watch Expanded, Includes Lynchburg

Lynchburg, VA. - Lack of significant rainfall and continued low amounts of precipitation have forced the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality to expand a drought watch that was already in effect for part of our area, including Lynchburg.

In normal years, stream flows and ground water levels rebound. This year, however, the water levels have continued to decline.

Rainfall deficits for the year are extremely low.

Since January 1, Danville's rainfall is an astonishing 15.69 inches below normal. Lynchburg's rainfall for the year is also down 12.36 inches.

The drought watch covers water suppliers for the Middle James basin (in addition to the Appomattox River basin), portions of Appomattox, Buckingham, Chesterfield, Cumberland and Powhatan counties; all of Albemarle, Amherst, Fluvanna, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico and Nelson counties; the cities of Charlottesville, Lynchburg and Richmond; and the towns of Amherst, Ashland, Columbia, Dillwyn, Pamplin City and Scottsville.

Other affected areas include the Upper James River basin including the counties of Alleghany, Bath, Botetourt, Craig and Rockbridge; the cities of Buena Vista, Covington and Lexington; and the towns of Clifton Forge, Fincastle, Iron Gate, New Castle and Troutville.

The drought watch within the New River Basin covers the counties of Bland, Carroll, Floyd, Giles, Grayson, Montgomery, Pulaski and Wythe; the cities of Galax and Radford; and the towns of Blacksburg, Christiansburg, Dublin, Floyd, Fries, Glen Lyn, Hillsville, Independence, Narrows, Pearisburg, Pembroke, Pulaski, Rich Creek, Rural Retreat, Troutdale and Wytheville.

Everyone in the drought watch is strongly encouraged to limit water use.

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There is some good news. Rain may be making a come-back later this month. Stay with the ABC 13 Weather Team for the very latest forecast.