Report shows improvements in Ala drought situation

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Alabama's drought situation continues to
improve, but two areas of the state remain a concern.

The latest survey released Thursday by the U.S. Drought Monitor
show there are no D-4 or exceptional drought areas in the state.

The report stated there was a reduction in extreme drought
conditions across Alabama this week from 15 to 13 percent. Those
areas are mostly concentrated in central and northeast counties.

Severe drought decreased from 49 to 48.5 percent and overall
drought conditions were down from 97 to 84 percent.

In a related matter, Alabama Power Co. said it will reduce
releases from its hydroelectric dams to minimum . The utility said
in a statement lake levels are expected to be 1 to 2 feet below
average for Labor Day, but higher than at this time last year.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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